Gospel 11-12-23. Matt: 13:24-30. Resumed Fifth Sunday After Epiphany.
Another parable he proposed to them, saying: The kingdom of heaven is likened to a man that sowed good seeds in his field.
Aliam parabolam proposuit illis, dicens : Simile factum est regnum caelorum homini, qui seminavit bonum semen in agro suo :
25 But while men were asleep, his enemy came and oversowed cockle among the wheat and went his way.
cum autem dormirent homines, venit inimicus ejus, et superseminavit zizania in medio tritici, et abiit.
26 And when the blade was sprung up, and had brought forth fruit, then appeared also the cockle.
Cum autem crevisset herba, et fructum fecisset, tunc apparuerunt et zizania.
27 And the servants of the goodman of the house coming said to him: Sir, didst thou not sow good seed in thy field? whence then hath it cockle?
Accedentes autem servi patrisfamilias, dixerunt ei : Domine, nonne bonum semen seminasti in agro tuo? unde ergo habet zizania?
28 And he said to them: An enemy hath done this. And the servants said to him: Wilt thou that we go and gather it up?
Et ait illis : Inimicus homo hoc fecit. Servi autem dixerunt ei : Vis, imus, et colligimus ea?
29 And he said: No, lest perhaps gathering up the cockle, you root up the wheat also together with it.
Et ait : Non : ne forte colligentes zizania, eradicetis simul cum eis et triticum.
30 Suffer both to grow until the harvest, and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers: Gather up first the cockle, and bind it into bundles to burn, but the wheat gather ye into my barn.
Sinite utraque crescere usque ad messem, et in tempore messis dicam messoribus : Colligite primum zizania, et alligate ea in fasciculos ad comburendum : triticum autem congregate in horreum meum.
The evil sower is the devil, and he sows the dark cockle, which is violent poison. The servants of the goodman of the house represent the Angels; they wished to separate the good from the bad. But it is impossible to separate them until the time of harvest, i.e., the time of the last judgement; then will Divine Justice make the necessary separation.