PASTOR BRAD'S PAGE
July 23, 2017
In our gospel lesson this week (Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43), Jesus tells "The Parable of the Weeds and Wheat" to the crowd and later explains its meaning to his disciples.
When the workers discover weeds in the wheat field, they ask the landowner for permission to pull them. The landowner says, "No," you may uproot the wheat and do more harm than good. Let them grow together until the harvest.
The Greek word translated into English in that phrase as "Let" is "aphiemi." It is a verb meaning, "To leave alone or pardon." Elsewhere it is translated into English as, "Forgive." Jesus uses it when teaching us the Lord's Prayer, "aphiemi (forgive) us our sins as we aphiemi (forgive) those who sin against us."
The landowner's words carry a sense of patience and mercy. God practices patience and mercy rather than destruction and directs us to do the same. Amen.
Rev. Bradley A. Walmer,
a 2008 graduate of Lancaster Theological Seminary, where he received his Master of Divinity degree and was awarded the 2008 Rev. Delores Berry prize for preaching. He was ordained into Christian ministry by the Lebanon Association of the Penn Central Conference of the United Church of Christ on June 1, 2008. Prior to beginning his pastorate here at New Covenant on August 1, 2015, he served as the pastor of St. Paul’s Summer Hill UCC in Auburn, Pa (located southeast of Pottsville, PA).
Pastor Brad and his wife Michelle were born and raised in Lebanon County and now reside in the area with their dog, Chloe.