To read the texts click on the texts: Ex 24:3-8; Mt 13:24-30
This is a parable found exclusively in the Gospel of Matthew. It is not clear whether this parable existed independently as a parable or whether it was conceived as an allegory from the beginning. Those who think that the parable existed independently interpret the parable to mean a statement against building of boundaries and so excluding some. The building of boundaries and forming exclusive communities is not the business of human beings, but is God’s task.
The point seems to be that even though
the kingdom of God has been “sown,” evil continues to be real and effective,
and it attempts to understand the interim period with its challenges on the
basis of the beginning and especially the completion of the kingdom. In other
words, the sowing is all important. Once the seed (wheat) is sown, no matter
what the obstacles, there will be growth. The task of the disciple is therefore
not to concentrate too much on the darnel (though they are aware of its
presence), but to rest firm in the knowledge that since the sowing has been
done, the gathering is assured.