This parable reflects the agrarian culture of Jesus’ time. He compares the Kingdom of Heaven to a field of wheat, which an overly competitive neighbor has sabotaged by also planting weeds. The weeds are insidious; they look exactly like the wheat until the heads appear, so the plants look alike, but the fruit is completely different. In Galatians 5: 22-23, we learn that the Fruits of the Spirit are: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. For me, the lesson here is that I can look exactly like my neighbor, but if my deeds don’t reflect the Fruits of the Spirit, it’s clear that I’m a weed, looks notwithstanding. Praise be, our God is a merciful God, and even blesses the “weedy” until we see the error of our ways and work to show God’s presence in our lives through our deeds.