After reading through what Fr. Juhl put up, I'm going to start with this: There is something wrong with all the Lord's parables. A farmer who throws seed among rocks? A merchant who sells the clothes off his back and all else he has so that he can have one pearl? A businessman who pays the same wage for 1 hour's work as for twelve? And now a farmer who forbids his farmhands from doing some sensible weeding. . .