Good Shepherd Lutheran Church: Gathering the Good
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The homily by the Rev. Wally Schievelbein, pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, on the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, had its focus on the parable Jesus told about the coexistence between good and evil in the world.

The comparison is made about when someone sows good seeds in a field which are stolen by the enemy, which led not only the wheat seeds sprouting but also in the empty space weeds appeared. When the workers approached the master about uprooting the weeds, he decided to leave them because then the wheat sprouts might also be removed by their proximity. His suggestion was to leave all growing until the harvest when the reaper would first collect the weeds in bundles to be burned and then gather the wheat.

The disciples question Jesus, who explains that in the world there is good and evil. Compare the children of the world as the good seeds among which might exist the evil or weeds. Even weeds might become good weeds. Thus people who might sin can change by thew ay they respond to show waht they are when they let God back in their lives.

One is not as holy as one thinks they are. What can one do to make themselves as the wheat instead of the weeds? So that one will not be burned as the weeds, one must have the ability to recognize one has choices. If one messes up, God doesn’t turn his back. As followers of Jesus, one can look at their own actions, good and bad. God promises to listen when one confesses their sins and assures forgiveness, wherein one can look at sins and take steps to avoid repeating them.

God has not turned away from the problems which exist in the Ukraine and Russia, for those in Israel or for the immigrants from Central America. As situations escalate, one must decide what one can do and not just sit on the sidelines. Steps an individual can take would begin with prayer, study the Word, live life as God would want, and don’t stand in judgment of those with problems.

Distinguishing between good and evil is not for humans to do, but rather reserved for the Son of Man at the end of the age. God helps one to do what is right by securing healing for the wounded, giving food tot he strangers who are hungry, providing clothing for the needy, and securing for the homeless a place to lay their heads.

Good Shepherd Lutheran offers those in need of church location to worship an open invitation to join the congregation on the Seventh Sunday of Pentecost, July 27 at 9:30 a.m. for religious services.
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