Thursday 27 July 2017

About Today Readings

Exodus 19:1-2, 9-11, 16-20. Daniel 3:52-56. Matthew 13:10-17.

Glory and praise for ever — Daniel 3:52-56.

‘You will indeed listen, but never understand.’

Jesus speaks like an exasperated school teacher in today’s gospel. ‘Don’t pay attention—you might learn something’ is what he is saying. Like the prophet Jeremiah before him, he is calling them to recognise where God is, or perhaps is not, in their lives.

Those who do not have faith and do not have God at the centre of their lives will not understand the parables of Jesus. They are the ones who ‘have not’, who rely on the law instead of faith.

They see belief in God as fulfilling requirements and rituals, rather than a faith relationship where we stand humbly before God, aware of our sinfulness and recognising that God and none other is our source of life, as today’s psalm response says.

Jesus, grant us the humility to recognise you and your word as the true meaning of our lives.

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