Thursday in the 16th Week of the Church Year
Saint for the day: St. Kunigunde (1224-1292)
Jeremiah 2: 1 … 13
“To them that have, more will be given them.” (Matthew 13:12)
In the photograph, above, it’s easy to see that the apostles were gathered around Jesus at the Last Supper. “Much was being given to them…” However, it’s important to notice that Judas is the only one who is turned away from the face of Jesus and the only one without a halo. Much was being given to those apostles as it is being given to us. But we always have the possibility of turning away from that love and that gift. Free choice is always there and we can always turn it down. Sometime back I remember hearing that astrophysicists had discovered “the God particle” deep in space. Yet, as far as I know, nothing much has come of this discovery. In today’s Gospel Jesus tells his disciples “Knowledge of the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven has been granted to you but not to them.”
And the disciples are sent out by Jesus to proclaim the Kingdom by bringing sight to the blind and hearing to those who are deaf to the wonders of God. It’s interesting to note that Jesus doesn’t send them out to explain the wonder of God but, rather, to open the eyes and ears of those who cannot see or hear.When something is explained (the word means ‘flattened out’) something is lost in the translation and we lose the mystery of God’s presence. We are not expected to find the “God particle” or to unravel the mysteries of creation but simply put, to encounter the wonder of God’s love and mercy for His people. St. Thomas Aquinas says, “no one goes after evil for evil’s sake, but only when they perceive it as good.” The Israelites in the desert didn’t follow pagan ways because they were wrong, but sought Baal thinking that this God might be better than Yahweh who appears to have left them in this desert wilderness.
In the Gospel Jesus tells why he uses parables, so that hearing they may not understand and seeing they may not comprehend.” Then He lays out this harsh statement: “To them that have, more will be given. To them that have not, even what they have will be take away.” On the surface these statements seem cruel but I think that we have to approach it from another angle and see that God begins to feed us with “spiritual milk” and we need to grow with that food at first. If we balk at “this wretched milk” we will find ourselves out in the “weeping and gnashing” area but if we stay in close contact with our God he will gradually give us more and more of the necessary means to grow in His love. It's kind of like when the fog lifts over the Golden Gate Bridge on or the path we are walking on. Amen!
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