On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: July 21, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

What is a relationship when there is no communication? No intimacy? No pouring out of the heart, to give or to receive? If one only wants to be listened to and ‘has’ all the answers. Who sees not others lest there is something to be gained? Whose idols are lust, power, honour, money and any forms of addiction? Is that the kind of relationship you want with anyone? Would God?

There is no relationship with the Lord our God if there is no prayer life. And there can be no growth in depth without listening to His Word. The more we submit in sweet intimate surrender to the Lord, the more we receive. Our minds are illumined, our hearts set on fire. We see the wonders of His hand, hear the beauty of His words and we understand.

So come now, let us no longer live in the pettiness the world has to offer. But in the fullness of life through our Lord Jesus Christ. Let us worship our Lord through praise and thanksgiving. And give Him glory by all we say and do in His name. Amen

First reading
Jeremiah 2:1-3,7-8,12-13

The word of the Lord was addressed to me, saying, ‘Go and shout this in the hearing of Jerusalem:

‘“The Lord says this: I remember the affection of your youth, the love of your bridal days: you followed me through the wilderness, through a land unsown.

Israel was sacred to the Lord, the first-fruits of his harvest; anyone who ate of this had to pay for it,
misfortune came to them– it is the Lord who speaks.”

‘I brought you to a fertile country to enjoy its produce and good things;
but no sooner had you entered than you defiled my land, and made my heritage detestable.

The priests have never asked, “Where is the Lord?”

Those who administer the Law have no knowledge of me.

The shepherds have rebelled against me; the prophets have prophesied in the name of Baal,
following things with no power in them.

‘You heavens, stand aghast at this,
stand stupefied, stand utterly appalled – it is the Lord who speaks.

Since my people have committed a double crime: they have abandoned me, the fountain of living water, only to dig cisterns for themselves, leaky cisterns that hold no water.’

Gospel
Matthew 13:10-17

The disciples went up to Jesus and asked, ‘Why do you talk to them in parables?’ ‘Because’ he replied, ‘the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven are revealed to you, but they are not revealed to them. For anyone who has will be given more, and he will have more than enough; but from anyone who has not, even what he has will be taken away. The reason I talk to them in parables is that they look without seeing and listen without hearing or understanding. So in their case this prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled:

You will listen and listen again, but not understand, see and see again, but not perceive.

For the heart of this nation has grown coarse, their ears are dull of hearing, and they have shut their eyes, for fear they should see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their heart, and be converted and be healed by me.

‘But happy are your eyes because they see, your ears because they hear! I tell you solemnly, many prophets and holy men longed to see what you see, and never saw it; to hear what you hear, and never heard it.’

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