Wheat and Weeds
week we heard the parable of the sower, and today’s Gospel continues
the rural theme with a story of wheat and weeds. Weeds sown in a field
of wheat represent evil in the world, which will be separated at
harvest time, symbolising judgement.
parables told in Matthew’s Gospel often address problems in the early
church. Last week’s story of the sower explained why mission was not
always successful: sometimes, the word falls on poor “soil”. Today’s
parable explains why evil continues in the world, and the church
community, even when the kingdom of God is growing.
is the first of several parables found only in Matthew about God’s
judgement separating good from bad, virtuous from evil. Similar stories
include the diverse catch of fish (13:47-48), wise and foolish
bridesmaids (25:1-13) and sheep and goats (25:31-46). It is an
uncomfortable message, that can be misused to justify Christian
exclusiveness, or to marginalise people not considered virtuous.
Matthew is not urging his readers to judge good from bad, worthy from
unworthy. In today’s story, the slaves who discover weeds among the
wheat are told not to uproot them. In the parable of the sheep and
goats, no-one knows in advance whether they will be deemed righteous or
not. Judgement is an important theme in Matthew; but it is always the
role of Jesus, not his followers.
LENT STUDY 2017
Our book will be Dethroning Mammon: Making Money Serve Grace by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. Sign
up sheet in foyer, you can buy a hard copy for $13, or get a
kindle/electronic version for about $7 (the US Amazon site is often
cheapest.)The study group will meet on Tuesday evenings at 7pm in the Holland Room, starting on 7th March.
ADVENT STUDY 2016 with Meditation
Short discussion on weekly readings followed by meditation each Wednesday at 7pm in the Holland Room.
LENT STUDY 2016
Our weekly LENT study will begin in the Holland Room at 7pm, Wednesday 17th February. We will be reading Reflections for Lent 2016
by Paula Gooder, Andrew Davison, Martyn Percy and Steven Croft. Copies
of the book will be available from the office for $16.50, or you can
buy the Kindle edition from Amazon for about $5. Please sign up in the
foyer if you would like a copy of the book and/or would like to attend
the study group.
ADVENT STUDY 2015
This year we will read Richard Rohr’s Preparing for Christmas: Daily Meditations for Advent.
We will meet on Wednesday evenings in the Holland Room at 7pm, starting on
Wednesday 2nd December.
sign up on the sheet in the foyer if you would like a book, and would
like to attend the study meetings. A hard copy of the book costs
$12, or you can download it from Amazon for kindle if you prefer for
PAST STUDY GROUPS:
LENT STUDY 2015
Lent study this year will be on Wednesdays at 7pm in the Holland Room, beginning 25th February 2015 (the Wednesday after Ash Wednesday). We will be reading Bread and Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter by various authors, the companion book to Watch for the Light, which we read during Advent.
ADVENT STUDY 2014
Our Advent study will use Watch for the Light,
a collecting of daily readings by authors including Henri Nouwen, T. S.
Eliot, Thomas Merton, John Donne, C. S. Lewis, Dorothy Day, Meister
Eckhart, Sylvia Plath and Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
Please sign up in the foyer to order the book ($20), and indicate if
you will attend the study group, which will meet at 7pm on Tuesdays
during Advent (starting 2nd December.)
SEPTEMBER BOOKCLUB 2013
We will be reading Richard Rohr’s
Falling Upward: A Spirituality for
the two halves of life.
are available to reflect on your reading using the
study journal. Contact the office and we can email
these to you.
discuss the book at a bring and share dinner on
Thursday September 19th at 7pm.
AUGUST BOOKCLUB 2014
We will be discussing Marcus J Borg's novel Putting Away Childish Things on Thursday 7pm 14th August at a bring and share supper in the hall