Thursday, July 23, 2015

Reflection: Matthew 13:10-17

16th Wednesday in Ordinary Time – Matthew 13:10-17

This Gospel reading begins with the disciples asking Jesus: “Why do you use parables when you are teaching?” Jesus basically says to them: “The people do not understand what you understand! You have been granted the privilege of knowledge of the mysteries of the Kingdom. This is a great gift you have been given. The individuals who hunger for God’s Word need to be instructed about these mysteries!” Then Jesus adds: “To anyone who has knowledge, more knowledge will be given. And anyone who does not have knowledge will lose any knowledge s/he has.”

Ask yourself: which person do you identify with: the one with knowledge or the person without knowledge? Now ask yourself: what is the knowledge you have gleaned about the “mysteries of the Kingdom?” What more do you desire to learn? Do you truly understand Jesus’ message and promise? Or do you have closed eyes, ears and heart?

As human beings, we begin to understand by what we learn through our eyes, ears and minds. However, deep understanding truly only comes from our hearts. The heart is the seat of wisdom and love. Today I invite you to consciously open your heart to the “mysteries of the Kingdom.” Be attentive to what you notice, the emotions you experience or the people you interact with. Jesus is present in all your interactions! However, we often are not aware of his presence! Today be awake and aware! If you stay “awake,” you may receive a great gift!

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