Liturgical Colour : Green
Sequentia Sancti Evangelii secundum Matthaeum – Continuation of the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew
Matthew 13 : 24-30
In illo tempore : Dixit Jesus turbis parabolam hanc : Simile factum est regnum caelorum homini, qui seminavit bonum semen in agro suo. Cum autem dormirent homines, venit inimicus ejus, et superseminavit zizania in medio tritici, et abiit. Cum autem crevisset herba et fructum fecisset, tunc apparuerunt et zizania.
Accedentes autem servi patrisfamilias, dixerunt ei : Domine, nonne bonum semen seminasti in agro Tuo? Unde ergo habet zizania? Et ait illis : Inimicus homo hoc fecit.
Servi autem dixerunt ei : Vis, imus, et colligimus ea? Et ait : Non : ne forte colligentes zizania eradicetis simul cum eis et triticum. 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.
At that time, Jesus spoke this parable to the multitudes, “The kingdom of Heaven is likened to a man who sowed good seeds in his field. But while men were asleep, his enemy came, and oversowed cockle among the wheat, and went his way. And when the blade of the wheat sprung up, and had brought forth fruit, then the cockle also appeared.”
“And the servants of the good man of the house coming, said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seeds in your field? Whence then the cockle had come from?’ And he said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.'”
“And the servants said to him, ‘Will you wish that we go and gather it up?’ And he said, ‘No, lest perhaps gathering up the cockle you root up the wheat also together with it. 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 all of you gather into my barn.'”