For 23 July 2022, Saturday of week 16 in Ordinary Time, based on Matthew 13:24-30
Jesus put before the crowds another parable: â€˜The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well. And the slaves of the householder came and said to him, â€œMaster, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?â€ He answered, â€œAn enemy has done this.â€ The slaves said to him, â€œThen do you want us to go and gather them?â€ But he replied, â€œNo; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them. Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.â€ â€™
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.