Cause the powerful images and symbols employed in the words of your Son, O God, to teach us the important truths to which they point; prevent us from getting so hung up on the pictures painted that we fail adequately to assimilate the facts being communicated.
Help us to assimilate the fact that you are God.
Help us to assimilate the fact that history has a purpose and a goal.
Help us to assimilate the fact that who we are and who we choose to be matters.
Help us to assimilate the fact that the ways that we develop or don’t develop our lives under you have enduring consequences.
And help us to assimilate the fact that since we are still able to assimilate facts we are still able to have your grace and love shape us so that we become now more of what we can be for all time.
“The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man; the field is the world, and the good seed are the children of the kingdom; the weeds are the children of the evil one, and the enemy who sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. Just as the weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers, and they will throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Let anyone with ears listen!” (Matthew 13:37-43)