Sunday, July 20, 2008

"Whoever has ears ought to hear."

"The rapture is an event that will take place sometime in the near future. Jesus will come in the air, catch up the Church from the earth, and then return to Heaven with the Church."
- Taken from the Rapture Ready website.

From today's Gospel Reading (Mt 13:24-30):

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.”’”

Then, dismissing the crowds, he went into the house. His disciples approached him and said, “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.”


1 comment:

Laura The Crazy Mama said...

Whenever I hear/read things about the "end times" I always want to know what the interpretation is. For instance what does "The harvest is the end of the age" mean EXACTLY. Does it mean the end of time as we know it? Does it mean the end of time on earth for THAT particular person or group of people? Does it mean some time that's already happened or some time in the future. Does it mean NOW? Does it matter at all? Well, why would Jesus "warn" us about it if it didn't matter? That's a thinker, for sure.