Here’s a readers’ theatre approach to the parable of the Wheat and the Weeds (Matthew
), one of the lectionary readings for July 1 3 , 1 7 20 (Proper 1 1 A). 1 1
The Wheat and the Weeds
: 1 3 - 2 4 30, 3 6- 4 3)
Once there was a farmer who sowed good seeds in his field.
While the farmer’s workers were sleeping,
his enemy crept into the field
and sowed weeds among all the wheat seeds.
Then he snuck away again.
Eventually the crops grew—wheat, but also weeds.
So the farmer’s workers said to him,
Where did these weeds come from?
you would probably pull up some wheat as well.
We’ll let them both grow until harvest-time.
I will tell the harvesters to collect the weeds
and tie them into bundles to be burned,
and only then to harvest the wheat and bring it to my barn.
His disciples followed Him.
The field is the world;
the good seed represents the children of the Kingdom.
The weeds—who do you think the weeds are?
They are the children of the evil one,
and the enemy who threw the weeds among the wheat is the devil.
The harvest is the end of the age,
and the workers are God’s heavenly messengers.
In the parable, I told you the weeds would be pulled up and burned—
well, that is how it will be at the end of this age.
The Son of Man will send His messengers out into the world,
and they will root out from His kingdom
everything that is poisonous, ugly, and malicious,
and everyone who does evil.
They will throw all that wickedness into the fiery furnace
where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth.
And the righteous will shine like the sun in their Father’s kingdom.
He who has ears to hear, let him hear.
Scripture taken from The Voice™.
200 6, 200 7, 2008 by Ecclesia Bible Society.
Used by permission. All rights reserved
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