Why…In Parables

21 July 2011

Today’s Readings: Ex 19:1-2, 9-11, 16-20 / Mt 13:10-17

Jesus speaks in parables to explain the kingdom of God. A parable is a gentle way of teaching meant to effect change in the listener leading to decision or action, like other visible signs of God’s action in the world.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus parables reveal the truth to us who are open to it and conceal it from those who do not want to face it. No matter how powerful this truth, its effect depends on our human receptivity. Unless we are ready and disposed we cannot hear and understand God’s word.

To unbelievers who keep their hearts and minds closed, the parables of Jesus remain puzzles. But to us who believe in Jesus and hope in God’s love, they reveal the secrets of the kingdom.

Jesus challenges us to bend our stubborn hearts and will and appeal to the Holy Spirit for guidance and light.

Loving Father, send us your Holy Spirit that we may soften the hard crust of our hearts and be receptive to your truth.

In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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