MY daily reflection and prayer:
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Memorial of St. Brigita
Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Dear my friends,
Here is the Gospel for us today according to Matthew 13:10-17
Then the disciples came and said to him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” And he answered them, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For to him who has will more be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away. This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. With them indeed is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah which says: `You shall indeed hear but never understand, and you shall indeed see but never perceive. For this people’s heart has grown dull, and their ears are heavy of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should perceive with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and turn for me to heal them.’ But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. Truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.
READING the Gospel today, this word of Jesus is impressed to me. “Blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear”. Jesus warns us that not everyone will understand his teaching.
In the time of Jesus, the Scribes and Pharisess prided themselves on their knowledge of scripture. They were spiritually blind and deaf because their hearts were closed and their minds were blocked by pride and prejudice. They heard Jesus’ words and his parables; and saw the great signs and miracles which he performed, but they refused to accept both Jesus and his message. They heard but never understood. They saw but never perceived.
In the Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist we worship Jesus Christ for we trust in him. We learn to be humble to hear and understand his words. It enables us to know God better and grow in the knowledge of his love and truth.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, your word enlightens us if we trust in you with an open mind and heart. Help us to believe your word and to submit to you with trust and reverence now and forever. Amen.
Kredit foto: Ilustrasi (Ist)