Wednesday 27 January 2021

About Today Readings

Ss Timothy & Titus; St Angela Merici

Hebrews 10:11-18. You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek – Psalm 109(110):1-4. Mark 4:1-20.

‘Some seeds fell into rich soil, and grew strong and tall …’

It is reassuring to read a parable followed by Jesus actually explaining it! Of course, in the explaining there is the uncomfortable challenge to reality. What sort of seed are we? Maybe the greater challenge is the part in between the parable and the explanation. Jesus says that to those outside the kingdom everything is a parable. While they see and hear again and again, they do not perceive or understand, because if they did understand they would be converted to Jesus’ message and experience forgiveness.

Is Jesus suggesting that if we don’t understand a parable then we are blind and deaf to the kingdom already present? Is our blindness and deafness because we are somehow resistant to conversion of heart, to the experience of forgiveness, that experience of being humbled by love? ‘Listen, anyone who has ears to hear!’ Hear the Word and accept him – which seed are we today?

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