Sitting in a classroom, do you really take in and listen to what a teacher is saying? Maybe school was a while ago for you, but do you remember the classroom setting? I'm sure you didn't always listen attentively. I know for myself, it can be easy to tune out if I get disinterested in what's being discussed. You can take notes, but if you don't understand, your mind becomes boggled and you lose focus. Can you think of any similar setting this can happen? How about at Mass, during the readings or the homily? Sometimes what the priest is saying can sound way out there, maybe unrelated to your present life situation. However, do you listen, or does everything go over your head and you become lost in your own thoughts? It's not always easy to understand it all, but do we truly try?
Today's Gospel states:'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' (Matthew 13:10-17).
Today's Gospel helps us to realize that we as followers in faith do not know everything. Only God is all-knowing. Therefore we must be open to learning more about being people of faith through those who God sends as His prophets, His priests, through inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Jesus tells us that only some will be able to know the secrets of the Kingdom. The next time you go to mass, try to focus on the words God is speaking to you. Ask God to help you understand and use His words to live a life of faith.
Today's prayer comes from 'Moody Church Media' a prayer for hear God's word:
Father, I pray that I might be open to hear Your voice. May I be eager to hear what You have to say to me through Your written Word, and by the Word as it is preached and sung at church. Lord, there are some things in Your Word that are difficult to hear—warnings about the need for purity and the need for deep repentance from sin. Let me be willing to hear those words and obey them. Amen.