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Proper 11? What a strange name for the Sunday.
The green weeks after Pentecost are called “Proper”. We will count them up to week 28 this year, before we get ready to start Advent and our new Christian Year with the first purple block at the top.
During the Proper weeks, we spend time getting to know Jesus better, understanding what he taught us to do, and remembering our responsibility as Christians.
Our Story this week
Good wheat and bad weeds
The story in Matthew 13:24-30 talks about how the bad seeds and the good seeds are all mixed together and the owner of the field says the best thing is to let them grow together and separate them when the harvest happens.
A lot of people read this story as being ‘bad people’ and ‘good people’, but the truth is that everyone has some bad and some good in them. That’s part of being human.
The bad parts of us are something we can always change. What do you want to change about yourself? Do you get angry too easily? Do you hide your peas instead of eat them? Write one or two things down that you know you shouldn’t do, and try to change your behaviour.
Darnel – not just an ancient problem
Sometimes we hear stories in the Bible and think “that was a long time ago” or “that is a long way from here”, so we don’t spend much time thinking about the details.
Darnel (the weeds in this story) looked just like wheat, and someone planted it in the wheat crop on purpose. That was a crime in Jesus time.
Today farmers are still struggling with darnel. Here is an information poster from Alberta talking about the problem with darnel and how to get rid of it. What else can you learn about wheat and darnel?