Pentecost + 5 - Year A
Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24
When searched and known - weed and wheat seem to be present. Being known doesn’t change the wheat/weed ratio. This combination is visible no matter what the lighting level is or the context within which it is being noticed.
When searched and tested - weed and wheat are still there. If the question is, “Is there any weed in me?”, the response most likely is, “Yep.”
One response to this is overcompensation noted in the elided verses. I loathe any semblance of weed in another. It helps take the searching off myself. Distraction of G*D is a worthy attempt at face-saving, but (see above) it is caught everytime. We can’t shift the blame and get away with it over the long-haul.
We keep wanting to change the test. So instead of wresting with our wheat/weed ratio, we find ways of turn anyone else’s ratio into a 100% conviction rate of their smallest weedy part. Somehow, we think, our perfect hatred of them will excuse our wheat/weed ratio and hide it behind the enormity of another’s wrong.
How pluck the weed from the wheat when they are so intimately bound? Perhaps working on one’s own weeds instead of another’s will offer some hope. What do you think? Will this take genetic modification?