The next time your neighbors with the emerald green lawn cast a look down their noses at your less than perfect lawn, don’t feel bad. The fact of the matter is that your weedy lawn is doing more for your garden, the environment, and your wallet than the supposedly “perfect” lawn your neighbor maintains.
Why Weeds in the Lawn Can Be Helpful
Weeds can also help keep down erosion of topsoil on your property. If you live in an area that is prone to drought or live in an area that is unfortunate enough to experience a drought, the weeds in your lawn may very well be the only plants that survive. Long after your grass has died from the heat and lack of water, those weeds will still be there, holding down the precious topsoil that will be vital when the rain returns and you can replant the grass.
Weedy Lawns are Healthier
Weeds also help to attract other beneficial bugs to your garden as well. Many good bugs like predatory wasps, praying mantis, ladybugs, and bees find food and shelter in the weeds in our yards. These “good” bugs will help to keep the “bad” bug population down in your garden as well as providing pollination to your plants. The more weeds you have in your lawn, the less money and time you will have to spend on battling back the bugs that can hurt your plants.
What we are really asking is, why does God allow evil people to persist in their evil? Why doesn’t God smite the sinner, to prevent him or her from doing any more harm to the kingdom?
But when God looks and you and I, he doesn’t see either a saint or a sinner. He sees a person who has the potential to be either.
He sees, first and foremost, a creature whom He loves. Always remember this. God would not have made you if He did not first love you. You are here on this earth for only one reason, and it is because God delights in your existence. God loves you. Your task is to love God in return, and learn to love what God loves, which is first and foremost your fellow human beings. This is how one becomes a saint. This is what God intended when He planted that good seed which is you.
This is why Jesus’ parable in this Sunday’s gospel reading would have raised the eyebrows of people from an agrarian society who know how to grow crops. He tells a story about a man who sows good seed in a field, but then “the enemy” comes along and sews bad seed, so that both wheat and weeds grow up together. His servants ask him if they should pull up the weeds. He says no. “Let them grow together until harvest.” Then, and only then, he will gather the wheat into his barn. The weeds, he will gather to be burned.
It doesn’t make sense to us, because Jesus isn’t really talking about a farmer and a field of wheat and weeds. Jesus is describing the kingdom of heaven. He uses parables whenever He does this because it’s impossible to describe in human language what God’s kingdom truly is; so Jesus tells us what it is like using stories. Jesus explains the meaning of this particular story at the end of this reading. He is the farmer sowing the good seed. The devil is the enemy who sows the bad seed. The wheat is the children of the kingdom, and the weeds are the children of the devil. The harvest is the end of time, at which the children of the devil (the “weeds”) will be gathered and burned, while the children of God (the “wheat”), will “shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father.”