Posted by: frburke23 | July 21, 2016

Thought for Thursday, 16th Week of Ordinary Time

Matthew 13:10-17
 
The disciples approached Jesus and said,
“Why do you speak to the crowd in parables?”
He said to them in reply,
“Because knowledge of the mysteries of the Kingdom of heaven
has been granted to you, but to them it has not been granted.
To anyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich;
from anyone who has not, even what he has will be taken away.
This is why I speak to them in parables, because
they look but do not see and hear but do not listen or understand.
Isaiah’s prophecy is fulfilled in them, which says:
 
You shall indeed hear but not understand,
you shall indeed look but never see.
Gross is the heart of this people,
they will hardly hear with their ears,
they have closed their eyes,
lest they see with their eyes
and hear with their ears
and understand with their hearts and be converted
and I heal them.
 
“But blessed are your eyes, because they see,
and your ears, because they hear.
Amen, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people
longed to see what you see but did not see it,
and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”
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Have you ever read something in Scripture and wonder, “What does that mean?” Don’t feel alone; I hear that comment all of the time. Jesus heard that comment as well, especially as He taught them in parables. The parables have powerful meanings, but often the people were left saying, “I don’t understand what you mean, Jesus.” Even the apostles had a difficult time understanding Jesus at times.
So how can you understand the Scriptures better? Whenever you sit down to read Scripture or hear the Word of God proclaimed at Church, ask the Holy Spirit to open your heart and mind to understand His message for you. This wisdom and understanding is a gift from God, so ask for that gift. Also, when we seek the Lord earnestly with an open heart and mind by praying and reading the Scriptures, the Lord desires to reveal Himself to us. Our sin can become a block to understanding God’s word, so this is a call for each of us to conversion and living a life of grace.
 
Also, consult the teaching of the Church, which has over 2000 years of experience interpreting the Word and guiding the flock. Finally, an experienced spiritual director is always helpful to lead us and guide us according the workings of the Holy Spirit.
 
All of us want to know the Lord Jesus and His Word better. This will not just happen casually. It requires effort on our part. If you invest time in this relationship with the Lord, He will joyfully reveal His truth and love to you.
 
How much time and energy do I invest in my relationship with the Lord?
Do I spend time studying the Word of God?
Do I pray that the Holy Spirit guides me in truth and wisdom?
Have a blessed day!
Fr. Burke
 
Spanish translation:
 
Mateo 13:10-17
En aquel tiempo, se acercaron a Jesús sus discípulos y le preguntaron: “¿Por qué les hablas en parábolas?” Él les respondió: “A ustedes se les ha concedido conocer los misterios del Reino de los cielos; pero a ellos no. Al que tiene se le dará más y nadará en la abundancia; pero al que tiene poco, aun eso poco se le quitará. Por eso les hablo en parábolas, porque viendo no ven y oyendo no oyen ni entienden.
 
En ellos se cumple aquella profecía de Isaías que dice: Ustedes oirán una y otra vez y no entenderán; mirarán y volverán a mirar, pero no verán; porque este pueblo ha endurecido su corazón, ha cerrado sus ojos y tapado sus oídos, con el fin de no ver con los ojos ni oír con los oídos, ni comprender con el corazón. Porque no quieren convertirse ni que yo los salve.
 
Pero, dichosos ustedes, porque sus ojos ven y sus oídos oyen. Yo les aseguro que muchos profetas y muchos justos desearon ver lo que ustedes ven y no lo vieron y oír lo que ustedes oyen y no lo oyeron”.
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¿Alguna vez has leído algo en la Escritura y te preguntas, “¿Qué significa eso?” No te sientas solo; escucho ese comentario todo el tiempo. Jesús también escuchó ese comentario, especialmente mientras Él les enseñaba en parábolas. Las parábolas tienen significados poderosos, pero a menudo las personas se quedaron diciendo: “No entiendo lo que quieres decir, Jesús”. Incluso los apóstoles tuvieron dificultades a veces entendiendo a Jesús.
 
Entonces, ¿cómo puedes entender mejor las Escrituras? Cada vez que te sientes a leer la Escritura o a escuchar la Palabra de Dios proclamada en la Iglesia, pide al Espíritu Santo que abra tu corazón y mente para entender Su mensaje para ti. Esta sabiduría y entendimiento es un regalo de Dios, así que pide ese regalo. También, cuando buscamos al Señor sinceramente con el corazón y la mente abierta mediante la oración y leyendo las Escrituras, el Señor desea revelarse a nosotros. Nuestro pecado puede convertirse en un bloque para entender la palabra de Dios, asi que este es un llamado para cada uno de nosotros a la conversión y a vivir una vida de gracia.
 
También, consulta las enseñanzas de la Iglesia, que tiene más de 2000 años de experiencia interpretando la Palabra y guiando al rebaño. Por último, un experimentado director espiritual siempre es útil para conducirnos y guiarnos según las indicaciones del Espíritu Santo.
 
Todos nosotros queremos conocer mejor al Señor Jesús y Su Palabra. Esto no sucede por casualidad. Requiere esfuerzo de nuestra parte. Si inviertes tiempo en esta relación con el Señor, Él te revelara con alegría Su verdad y amor.
 
¿Cuánto tiempo y energía invierto en mi relación con el Señor?
¿Paso tiempo estudiando la Palabra de Dios?
¿Rezo para que el Espíritu Santo me guíe en la verdad y la sabiduría?
 
¡Que tengas un día bendecido!
Padre Burke

Responses

  1. HI Father Burke …

    I was hoping you would explain today’s first reading a little better for me …

    Reading 1 Jer 2:1-3, 7-8, 12-13

    This word of the LORD came to me:
    Go, cry out this message for Jerusalem to hear!

    I remember the devotion of your youth,
    how you loved me as a bride,
    Following me in the desert,
    in a land unsown.
    Sacred to the LORD was Israel,
    the first fruits of his harvest;
    Should any presume to partake of them,
    evil would befall them, says the LORD.

    When I brought you into the garden land
    to eat its goodly fruits,
    You entered and defiled my land,
    you made my heritage loathsome.
    The priests asked not,
    “Where is the LORD?”
    Those who dealt with the law knew me not:
    the shepherds rebelled against me.
    The prophets prophesied by Baal,
    and went after useless idols.

    Be amazed at this, O heavens,
    and shudder with sheer horror, says the LORD.
    Two evils have my people done:
    they have forsaken me, the source of living waters;
    They have dug themselves cisterns,
    broken cisterns, that hold no water.

    Thank you Bless you… Mary


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