Matthew 13:10-17 Reflection: Speaking in Parables

A reading from the gospel according to 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.”

Reflection: More will be given.

The gospel reading above follows immediately the parable of the sower. The Word of God is like any skill which becomes useless if unused. Take for example the skill in using a particular language. If we stop using or learning it, we will forget. On the other hand, if we keep using that language, we will become fluent in it. The same is true for sports or musical instrument. We learn more and become very good at playing sports or musical instrument by constant practice. Think also of a knife. If it is used and sharpened constantly, it will remain useful but it if unused and just kept somewhere, it will tend to rust over a period of time.

Jesus is telling us that by welcoming Him into our life and listening with understanding to His teachings, our life will be nourished and enriched by the truth and beauty of His message. Our interest in Him will increase and by constant listening to His words, more revelations are given to us. We then grow in wisdom and knowledge. However, if we reject Him or stop listening to Him, we will lose whatever we have learned from Him. We become less and less interested in Him until our heart becomes so hard that His words could no longer penetrate.

The scripture says, “For the word of God is alive and active” (Hebrews 4:12). It means the Word of God can inspire or move us to act. It gives grace to our life. It is powerful enough to transform or build us up. May we have the ears to hear the voice of Jesus, the eyes to see clearly His will for us, and the heart to understand His message.

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