Today our church commemorates the discovery of the casket of the Mother of God, in which, according to tradition, St.
Our Lady kept her headscarf. The casket was found by two Greek princes and brought from Jerusalem to Constantinople and kept in the Church of the Holy Mother of God.

In today's Sunday Gospel, our Lord tells the parable of the weeds. "The kingdom of heaven is like a man
who sowed good seed in his field. Now while the people were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went away. When the seed sprouted and the ears formed, the weeds also appeared. So the servants went to the landlord and said, Sir, didn't you sow good seed in your field? Then where does the weed come from? He replied: An enemy did that. So the servants said to him, Shall we go and pluck it up? He replied: No, lest you pull up the wheat with the weeds. Let both grow until the harvest, and at the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers: First gather the weeds and tie them in bundles to burn; but bring the wheat into my barn.” Mat:13. 34-30.

At the request of his disciples, the Lord explains the parable as follows: He that sows the good seed is the Son of Man; the field is the world; the good seed, these are the children of
empire the weeds are the children of evil; the enemy who sowed it is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; the
Reapers are the angels Mat:13.37-39.

Dear believers, God created this world and people for good. So the question arises, where does so much evil and suffering come into our lives from?
The parable of the weeds helps us better understand how evil is created by the devil in God's created world
is born and how it works.

First: The enemy comes at night, in the dark and in secret. The devil does not act against us openly, but often takes advantage of our confused and uncertain state.
Second: The enemy sows the weeds when the cultivators of the field sleep. We too are more prone to evil,
especially when we are sleepy in a spiritual sense.​
Third: It is well known that weeds can often hardly be distinguished from wheat. The devil often presents evil, error, or sin to us as obvious truth or good.

Dear sisters and brothers,
in this parable Christ reminds us that in a spiritual sense we must always be awake and not allow the devil to sow his weeds, his evil thoughts, in our soul or in our heart. This is how we prevent ourselves from becoming “weeds” in the hands of the evil one. Let's not be the cause of evil. Therefore, dear ones, let us not be deceived by evil. Let us pray, read the Scriptures, let us do good in the name of the glory of Jesus Christ
do. Amen.

Rev. Vahridj Baghdasaryan