Reflection on Matthew 13:10-17
Our human minds must first surrender so that our hearts may heal and comprehend Jesus’s parables. If we do so, God attempts to reveal the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven to everyone who will listen. With it comes the responsibility to act and “be” according to what has been given. The more we understand, the more we learn to allow God’s Grace to flow through us to those who need it. The true measure of this acceptance to perceive, listen, be and do what we receive is growth in humility.
He Who is of God Hears the Word of God, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum
Matthew 13 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
The Purpose of the Parables
10 Then the disciples came and asked him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” 11 He answered, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. 12 For to those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. 13 The reason I speak to them in parables is that ‘seeing they do not perceive, and hearing they do not listen, nor do they understand.’ 14 With them indeed is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah that says:
‘You will indeed listen, but never understand,
and you will indeed look, but never perceive.
15 For this people’s heart has grown dull,
and their ears are hard of hearing,
and they have shut their eyes;
so that they might not look with their eyes,
and listen with their ears,
and understand with their heart and turn—
and I would heal them.’
16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. 17 Truly I tell 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.
Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Matthew 13:10-17.