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Pope speaks on Christ's parables, the wheat and the weeds

July 18, 2011

At his Angelus audience on Sunday, July 17, Pope Benedict XVI spoke on how Jesus uses parables to teach.

“Using images and situations taken from everyday life, the Lord wishes to show us the true foundation of all things,” the Pope said. In the day’s Gospel, he continued, Jesus compares heaven to a field of wheat, “in order to help us understand that something small and hidden, but possessing an irrepressible life force, is sown within us.” Jesus also tells of the enemy who sowed weeds amid the wheat, to warn the faithful “that we must be ready to protect the grace we received on the day of Baptism, continuing to nourish faith in the Lord, which prevents evil from taking root.”

Pope Benedict held his midday audience in the courtyard of his summer residence at Castel Gandolfo. The Holy Father is not holding his regular weekly public audiences on Wednesdays during his vacation, but he is meeting with the public each Sunday to pray and Angelus and deliver a short message.


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