The parable of the wheat and the tares: Eccles’ take on the Synod

This gem comes from Eccles – a veritable tonic for the synod-weary:

There was a man who sowed good cardinal seed in his field: among the numerous varieties planted there were Burkeus Cappamagnificus, a traditional American grain, Pellus Boomerangus, a robust Australian variety, and Mueller Fortis, one of the few reliable German plants; but there were other spiritually nourishing varieties too numerous to mention.But then while men were asleep, an enemy came and sowed tares (cockle, darnel) among the wheat, and went his way.

tares or darnel

Warning – contains nuts!

Among the poisonous grains were the German weed, Kasperus Absurdus, guaranteed to induce dizzy spells,  Danneelus Pervertophilus, the toxic Belgian variety, not to mention the dreaded Baldisserius Liberraptor, and Marxus Stultusbarbus the hideous German creeper. And alas, there were many others.

So when the blade was sprung up, and had brought forth fruit, then appeared also the tares.

And the servants of the good man came to him and said, “Sir, did you not sow good seeds in the field? Where did the weeds come from?”

And he said to them, “An enemy has done this.” And the servants said to him, “Do you want us to gather up the weeds?”

“No,” said the man, “I have a better idea. We will allow both to grow until the time of the Synod, and then we will harvest them together.”

 burning the tares

Synod time!

“At the harvest, we’ll gather the tares, and bind them into bundles for burning (the CDF tells me we’re still allowed to do this); but the good wheat we’ll keep. But just to make it more fun, we’ll get the wheat and the tares to spend three weeks voting on which of them is the true harvest, and which the poisonous weeds.”

We are not sure what happened next.

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2 Responses to The parable of the wheat and the tares: Eccles’ take on the Synod

  1. johnhenrycn says:

    Brilliant parody. If it is a parody.

    Gosh, I wish I could figure out which Holy Smoke habitué Eccles was in the beginning, but I haven’t got a clue (as people often say).


  2. kathleen says:

    Brilliant indeed – our Bruvver Eccles is a genius!
    I have always recommended his blog as a remedy for that ‘down in dumps’ feeling, when so much dissent and betrayal in the Church begins to wear one out. You will never fail to be cheered up when coming away from a good dose of Bruvver’s philosophy ridiculising the traitors. 🙂

    JH, Eccles appeared on Holy Smoke, hilariously taunting that bellicose anti-Catholic Australian crone (his autie now) and making her hopping mad, not long before we all exited HS in tandem to start CP&S. Don’t you remember?


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