The good seeds and sown weeds scenario.
It’s easy to not care if you don’t see the other, put the face with her heart and her mind with her life. “Love thy neighbor”, “help1some1-2day you don’t know” both carry the command for OUR well-being, our survival to look beyond ourselves and make a better world.
When we help someone else, the first beneficiary is always ourselves. We FEEL blessed and enervated.
Jesus wasn’t into the trivia: He wants us all happy and living “far beyond mortal man”, immortal living forever and ever. Scary thought? Sometimes!
No one can understand God NOR truly understand they will ALLLLLWays exist beyond death. Yet, the command for OUR well-being is also pre-empted by the currents of today’s world. UNTIL we reclaim the ideal and idea that enslaving or killing others is the worst kind of evil, we will not thrive, improve or live a healthy life. As families and as a country. Don’t get me wrong: we are THE most blessed nation of earth for some very good reasons, but our current path can only lead to more misery.
This may be the ironic wisdom of Stalin’s evil message that “one death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic.” It harder to kill someone you know, love and see; the unseen humans, not so much! Sound morbid or wrong? You tell me in the comments below. I value your input. After all, so many are “homeschooling grandpa Len” these days.
One of my beloved sons pointed out on Saturday, it lessens the message, my message to others to “nickname” leaders. His beautiful wife, another son, have done so, as well. I will stop even though they are accurate portrayals because they turn a human into a caricature. King Newsom the Red becomes Gov. Newsom; NOT my Savior Xavier becomes AG Becerra again. With all due apologies to those I may have slighted by naming them by their performances.
I will honor my sons and daughters’ wisdom on this. After all, they are ‘homeschooling grandpa Len’; I am NOT perfect.
Well, except for one: the more righteously real name of Covid, “the plague of Xi”. It is not transference or misdirection in this case because it is immaterial if he used the leaked virus or required it be made in the Wuhan lab: Xi Jingping incubated it in his people late Oct 2019 and sent them via jet to Italy, Spain, the US, etc. … OR if his lieutenant did the wet work, the dirty deeds, the real Dr. Chen Wei who is the hero of the 2017 nationalist China’s action movie Wolf Warrior I & II.
That muscular actor “Dr Chen” in 2015 saves the world from Ebola and LaManla. As it is, the real Dr. Chen is Chen Wei, a major general in the People’s Liberation Army and the virologist who leads the Institute of Bio-engineering at the Academy of Military Medical Sciences. Xi Jingping is a master propagandist. learning directly from his father who served another megamass murderer, Mao Tse Tung as minister of propaganda.
These leaders have a certain worldview, as do you and I. Xi and the CCP knowingly took a controllable virus and turned it into a silent worldwide killer, restricting movement out of Wuhan EXCEPT by international flight. That IS evil. As to whether Hollywood or Beijing Pictures is a better disinformationalist, I will leave that to history to decide.
It’s time for each of us to take a long look in the mirror. Are we part of the “good” seed sown?
Xi is just doing what his worldview dictates: he believes the pure Chinese blood is supreme, a form of Sino racism, if you will. He is an honest hegemon, looking for the 2020 dynasty separate from the world peoples but using and “conquering” other countries resourcesProof is in his words, movies and actions. There are a million Chnese Muslim Uighers in 85 concentration work camps as you read this. Like the 19th century TransAmerican railroad’s builders, the Chinese coolie, Xi uses them for reportedly Nike shoes and other products cheap labor. He uses sterilization, birth control and abortion on Uighers as well, to control the “inferior” Muslim residents of XiLand.
He incubated the virus, but we can’t blame Xi for HOW we deal with it and each other today or the missteps and successes so far. But he IS the source, incubating for months and sending out until flights were banned on Jan 31st. By Jan 7th, we already knew it was a particularly severe Flu season, with 166 under 18 yr olds already perishing. Just like the Swine flu came out of Mexico, Covid19 came from Wuhan. Undoubtedly, the American left looked at this plague differently than most of the country; evidence is all around us.
The last thing I want to do is fail my children; I only get one shot at that, and statistically I have less years and time to do it than most.
Each of us has a worldview, the Millennials often different than the boomers, the toddler much different than the mature adult. The last living relics of true racism, Holocaust survivors dwindling in number.
Catholics, Lutherans and others may have heard at today’s outdoor Mass or live streaming, Sunday’s Gospel, the shorter, lazier version but sooo appropriate in light of today’s world:
“Jesus proposed another parable to the crowds, saying:
“The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a man
who sowed good seed in his field.
While everyone was asleep his enemy came
and sowed weeds all through the wheat, and then went off.
When the crop grew and bore fruit, the weeds appeared as well.
The slaves of the householder came to him and said,
‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field?
Where have the weeds come from?’
He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’
His slaves said to him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’
He replied, ‘No, if you pull up the weeds
you might uproot the wheat along with them.
Let them grow together until harvest;
then at harvest time I will say to the harvesters,
“First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning;
but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”
As Jesus explains His parable, our neighbors are not just those who look like us, think like us, live like us.
Neighbors include the Bidens, the American left, conservatives, liberals, small, large, young and old; Trump lovers, NeverTrumpers, silent majority “fly over country” citizens, the silent coup who tried to kill off Trump and continue to try; the rich, poor.
God sees, not the superficialities or immutable traits, but the heart and mind of each of His creations. He desires each to be happy as long as He is: forever.
The good and the evil on the same field of dreams. No man is completely good but Christ, nor always completely evil. As Catholics and Christians, not perfect but just forgiven. The Good Seed and the Sown Weeds must co-exist in our fractured, fallen world. My attitude is simple: I LEARNED TO NOT HATE ANYONE. so must you if you haven’t already.
It’s a tough lesson but life giving and healthy. I don’t hate anyone. Dislike what some people do, but everyone needs a Savior, needs repentance, reconciliation. Renewal. A Renaissance.
Some of my kids and their cousins have kind, good hearts, working through self-examination about racism; are you a racist? I even bought a book that is on many knee jerk corporate booklists this summer “White Fragility” to better understand. I don’t think any of them are racists, but trying to be sensitive to others who have been victimized.
Unless you mind read or belong to the futurist thought police, you CAN’T know if the next person you meet is a racist; so, since we MUST discriminate as humans, don’t assume so.
Their actions may not even show this. So, you can spend a lifetime looking for that racist in your work/company, at church or school, your siblings. Racism means you DON’T believe there is ONE human race, and that some sub “races” are more supreme, ie better, created superior or ARE superior, than another. BLM Inc., for example (rarely mentioned) is run by many black supremacists. Huh, blacks can’t think blacks are superior to whites or Polish Germans? When you say “ALL lives matter!”, ie the truth, you are pummeled. Yet all lives DO matter.
BEST solution to real and perceived racism (thinking you are better than another because you exist) is to practice true charity: Help1Some1-2day and MORE if you can.
You can’t change the world easily. But you CAN effect it, one needy person at a time, no matter WHAT color they are. Or just talk talk talk endlessly about THAT other person, a racist behind the tree. The lessons in the new movie, Uncle Tom by Larry Elder, that of MLKing and John Lewis, sheds light on this persistent area of human thought. But it’s time to focus on other realities in the universe.
My kids’ stepmom Mary and I heard an excellent exorcist recently, (yes, exorcists are real) who has researched and understands the invisible world of angels. No white or black racism, just “invisible” total racism it turns out: There are “racists” among the angels, one in particular. I know, some of you don’t believe he/she/it exists, but Jesus spoke matter of factly about the devil and those angels, the 1/3 who rejected God’s dominion and sealed their fate. Believe it or not, Lucifer, one of the top archangels, known as the most powerful and “beautiful” of angels, was ticked off knowing God was going to create humanity. They don’t have the luck we have: we have a lifetime to follow and decide on Christ and His Church; the first created angels eternal fates are sealed.
The angels’ expert teaches each angel was specifically designed and created with a certain “charism”, talent or function: a specifice virtue like chastity. If they rebelled, that talent or virtue became their eternal vice (opposite of chastity is obvious) that they use effecting the world, whatever level of angels they are from. Makes a lot of sense. A study for another time readers.
Lucifer is the ULTIMATE hater, despising God for creating a separate “race” of beings, ie US! This one being, more than any, is responsible for so many human souls living a forever hell. Yes, Jesus spoke of hell, money, life and the devil. All four exist. Read the longer version of the good seeds and sown weeds gospel below for the end game.
Our enemy is NOT flesh and blood, black or white but the principalities and the powers (different levels) of the “dark side” angels. Even the American Left are our brothers and sisters. Yes, they believe taking other peoples’ property, hard earned income, even okaying the taking of human lives by choice (abortion); this is not necessarily what I or you believe. Sadly, the American Left feels supreme over the large families, struggling middle class families, who just want a level playing field, equal justice, fair treatment.
But they ARE members of the same human race God created; just as Governor Newsom, his aunt Pelosi, Don J Trump, my sons and daughters, your friends, are.
The best solution to any problem is often the simplest. Pray for America and its renewal by a loving God; some believe you can’t find the solutions in America anymore, but that is foolish for one good reason:
YOU the reader are IN America. You are PART of the solution IF a solution is needed.
It’s not the person, no matter what creed, lineage or color, but their worldviews, beliefs and even actions we disagree with. Real mature adults can separate the two: the person that matters, the unique, never repeated human being we love or disagree with and the views they hold. This is missing in our inability to forgive another or believe what God believes: every human CAN change for the better, learn from their past and others’ actions and change. Greek: Metanoia.
This author and dad of 11 always assumes the best about another (unless their words and actions prove otherwise): the best about teacher, politician, son/daughter and believes they CAN do better. Now, I can’t call Newsom king anymore, but this I can: I can help one someone today.
A simple solution is measurable and effective: Help1Some1-2day…or more if you can. T Better rendered:
“Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.i This is the law and the prophets.”
The US Left and others may not realize this is the message of the Transfiguration: Jesus/God in His glory, flanked by the Law (Moses) and the Prophets (Elijah) showed three simple men, Peter, James and John, just how beautiful God on earth was; He believes His creation was good. These three guys were the LAST on earth to see the Unblemished Lamb in His perfect glory.
We will be resurrected unblemished in our new bodies for eternity: but Jesus will always appear with His blemishes, the wounds, scars, the nail marks that Doubting Thomas saw, as a reminder that Perfect Love existed and exists on earth. Mother Teresa lived that life, helping dying humans who didn’t even believe in her God but were worthy, in their dignity, of being helped.
OUR neighbors on the American Left will continue to ignore God and try and divide us by so many techniques and so much misdirection; we must stay humble AND…we MUST stay focused on the truth that the GOOD seed, whom I hope you are a part of, are NOT the sown weeds.
Human “weeds” kill people, destroy buildings, steal things that don’t belong to them; can rioters, looters and arsonists who use a false flag to justify their “sins” be redeemed? You betcha! If WE help them see the errors of their ways.
Look at St Peter: though He loved him, Jesus called him “satan” once. Yet Peter became Petra, the rock of a whole new Church that the Cornerstone, the Rock of Ages, entrusted with for all time. It is never too late to change our heart and minds. Until we die.
I am blessed beyond measure. In a world that doesn’t value children much anymore, I have 11 plus adopted married spouses of a few. My ex-wife by death and the mother of these amazing, still Christ centered kids mostly adults, is in heaven. Their amazing step-mom Mary, so selfless, is named for Jesus’ mother now resident above as Queen of the Heavens: Regina Coeli.
Who knows, someday one of these 11 beautiful offspring type people might even marry a Regina Coeli. Only time will show and tell. But, pllllleeeeeeeaaaaze, see the good in others. Start from that platform for your next interaction. ONLY this way can all lives matter to you.
God did it in a moment, thousands or over billions of years as some believe: I don’t care, as Bill Murray said, “It just doesn’t matter”.
To Him, since He made us, ALL lives matter, after all. God did NOT intend us to judge by color or size, age or location. We are told to judge by righteous (character, actions not color) judgement in Matthew 7 but you have to read the whole chapter; judge yes, but with a clean heart. This is difficult since so many have permanent chips of different sizes on their shoulders. Want freedom? Take the forest out of your eye before you help someone else remove the splinter in theirs.
All of us are blessed: one of my newer blessings over the last few years, is a large family of ten, amazing, respectful, full of life, God fearing Catholic loving people. It is a mixed marriage: mom is female and dad is a man. I know, there are 160 different gender ideologies but I just follow the Creator’s design. Not mankind’s latest venture of creating their own; a top angel made that mistake aeons ago.
Like most large families of mixed marriages, there are struggles and joys. They even home school like this dad whose kids are homeschooling (grandpa Len) him. Mom’s ancestors are from Asia, dad’s from Africa or some place where melanin is more available, but the only color you will see is the color of red: deep abiding love for each other, respect for others, a sense of life too many need replenishing in this divisive, zany, Covidian world.
Best journal we have says He made this 553 sextillion mile wide universe, starting with the easy stuff: billions of stars, planets & plants, millions of animals, trillions of insects…but only one human man. But God was NOT done yet as the angels watched. Think about it: God’s last act of His general Creation, the most complex, beautiful, incredibly complex but infinitely well designed being who can turn a single cell into another human being in 280 days. WOMAN.
But as capable as the Trinity, the only God, has been for all eternity past, it’s not easy to create billions of angels and billions of human, all fully autonomous thinking for themselves, sentient, free willed beings. And not have rebellion. Same on earth as in the heavens. The first rebel was a big one.
The arrogant, ‘I am god’ is a role that was already taken for all eternity. God is: I AM WHO AM or as the deeply reverential YWHW or Adonai. Today, God appears in too many swearing situations, but the Israelites wouldn’t even use His name in daily parlance. But God knows what He is doing; He doesn’t need our counsel: we need His!
That IS the difficulty of being too smart, too beautiful, too talented. Intelligence, knowledge and wisdom are yes, related but entirely, different things. Satan/Lucifer wasn’t satisfied being at the top level: he wanted to BE God. Same problem on earth: too many want to own or control other human beings unfairly. Jimmy Jones gave his contingent of “sheep” humans poisoned kool-aid in Jonestown.
600,000 Blue and Grey died in the 1860s to continue the path and process the Constitution and Declaration of Independence set up: end slavery in America, just as the slave ships were finally stopped (tho slavery continued) in the time of John Newton, the “Amazing Grace” song writer and slave ship owner who repented of his sins, and William Wilberforce. If you want to understand racism, control or bias against another, your primer move IS “amazing grace”. Wisdom comes to those who ask.
SEEK WISDOM NOT CONFORMITY FOR CONFORMITY’S SAKE
In the old testament, when asked what he wished for, Solomon asked for the highest gift: wisdom. God granted that and gave him the lesser gifts: power, wealth, intelligence, knowledge. Seek wisdom more than wealth. Seek to be a part of the solution instead of just talking about it. Find ways to truly improve ourselves as we help others. I am a positive realist or a realistic optimist about so many. I believe all my kids and their offspring will be in heaven forever. At 68, I can dream still. Same with those they make contact with, as homeschooled Catholic kids now grown up sharing the same Gospel Peter and the apostles shared two millennia ago.
“In the longer version, Jesus explains the good seeds and the sown weeds. “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”
He said in reply, “He who sows good seed is the Son of Man,
the field is the world, the good seed the children of the kingdom.
The weeds are the children of the evil one,
and the enemy who sows them is the devil.
The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.
Just as weeds are collected and burned up with fire,
so will it be at the end of the age.
The Son of Man will send his angels,
and they will collect out of his kingdom
all who cause others to sin and all evildoers.
They will throw them into the fiery furnace,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.
Then the righteous will shine like the sun
in the kingdom of their Father.
Whoever has ears ought to hear.”
God gave us TWO ears and only ONE mouth: take that as a strong command to listen and read with “ears that ought to hear”. I don’t know about you, I prefer being a good seed…not perfect but forgiven and forgiving. Not a sown and owned weed by the most racist being of all eternity, the devil.
It IS a great day to be alive!
(Homeschooling) Grandpa Len