I am doing a lesson on the parable of the weeds (Matthew 13:24-30).
Can you help me come up with some questions or talking points that I can bring to the lesson to help the kids understand the parable and even more so, some of the hidden meanings inside the parable.
Here is what I have so far:
- That the Church of God on earth consists of both good and bad; the 2d.
- That God is not the author of evil
- God does not always punish the wicked on the spot, but patiently bears with them
- The prayers of repenting sinners are never despised. We are taught also by this example not to cut off too hastily a fallen brother; for, whatever he may be to-day, to-morrow perhaps he may see his error and embrace the truth. S. Jerome. — Jesus Christ exhorts us to bear with infidels and heretics, not on our own account only, as wicked men are frequently of use to the virtuous, but also on their account; for sometimes the persons who have been corrupted and perverted, will return to the paths of virtue and truth
- When many are implicated in one misfortune, what remains but to bewail their condition. Let us then be willing to correct our brethren to the utmost of our power, but let it be always with mercy, charity and compassion; what we cannot correct, let us bear with patience, permitting what God permits, and interceding with him to move and convert their hearts.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.