“An enemy hath done this.” – Matthew 13:28 – A parable for the modern Church

Matthew 13:24-30 Another parable he (Jesus) proposed to them, saying: The kingdom of heaven is likened to a man that sowed good seed in his field. But while men were asleep, his enemy came and oversowed cockle weeds among the wheat and went his way.

And when the blade was sprung up, and had brought forth fruit, then appeared also the cockle weeds.

And the servants of the good man of the house coming said to him. Sir, didst thou not sow good seed in thy field? Whence then hath it cockle?

And he said to them: An enemy hath done this.

And the servants said to him: Wilt thou that we go and gather it up?

And he said: No, lest perhaps gathering up the cockle, you root up the wheat also together with it.

Suffer both to grow until the harvest, and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers: Gather up first the cockle, and bind it into bundles to burn, but the wheat gather into my barn.

Here’s what Jesus revealed about the true meaning of the parable of the wheat and the cockle weeds:

Matthew 13:36-43 Then having sent away the multitudes, he came into the house, and his disciples came to him, saying: Explain to us the parable of the cockle of the field.

Jesus made answer and said to them:

He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man (Jesus). And the field is the world. And the good seed are the children of the kingdom. And the cockle are the children of the wicked one. And the enemy that sowed them, is the devil.

But the harvest is the end of the world. And the reapers are the angels. Even as cockle therefore is gathered up, and burnt with fire: so shall it be at the end of the world.

The Son of man shall send his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all scandals, and them that work iniquity. And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Then shall the just shine as the sun, in the kingdom of their Father.

He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

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(It doesn’t get much simpler to understand, does it?)