7/21/2022 Today’s Gospel Reading: Matthew 13:10-17
10 The disciples approached Jesus and said, “Why do you speak to the crowd in parables?”
11 He said to them in reply, “Because knowledge of the mysteries of the Kingdom of heaven has been granted to you, but to them it has not been granted.
12 To anyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich; from anyone who has not, even what he has will be taken away.
13 This is why I speak to them in parables, because they look but do not see and hear but do not listen or understand.
14 Isaiah’s prophecy is fulfilled in them, which says:
You shall indeed hear but not understand, you shall indeed look but never see.
15 Gross is the heart of this people, they will hardly hear with their ears, they have closed their eyes, lest they see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their hearts and be converted and I heal them.
16 “But blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because they hear.
17 Amen, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”
7/21/2022 Today’s Gospel Reflection: Matthew 13:10-17
Previously, Jesus taught directly in plain language. Then in Matthew 13:1-9, Jesus, for the first time, spoke in parable. So the disciples wanted to know why (verse 10 above). At first glance, the response seems unfair that they (the disciples) have been given the secrets of the Kingdom but the crowds were not. The reason is receptivity. The disciples were willing to listen (that is why they are called disciples in the first place). The crowds, on the other hand, “look but do not see and hear but do not listen or understand”.
The Jewish people, particularly the Pharisees and scribes, are suspicious and perhaps jealous of Jesus because of His growing popularity. In that situation they are in, they are not receptive to His teachings. Yes, they have already received the revelations of the Old Testament and they thought it may be enough. In other words, their heart is closed to any revelations through Jesus, the Christ. The prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled in them by their own attitude.
On the other hand, Jesus called the disciples blessed because their eyes can see and their ears can ear. They have the privilege of hearing the word of God straight from the mouth of Jesus Himself. For us in modern times, Jesus may not be around in person but we are also privileged to have the scripture handed down to us. Do we have the eyes and ears of the disciples that can see and hear Jesus speak through the bible?