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Jesus’ Parables

Submitted by on Thursday, 21 July 2011No Comment


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Matthew 13:10-17 is a conversation between Jesus and his disciples regarding the former’s teaching methodology. Matthew himself will later on associate a prophecy of David to Jesus’ manner of teaching.

All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables. He spoke to them only in parables, to fulfill what had been said through the prophet: “I will open my mouth in parables, I will announce what has lain hidden from the foundation (of the world).” (vv. 34-35)

Jesus’ teaching in parables is itself a judgment — a krisis — that divides people into two groups: those who will not understand because they don’t listen rightly, and those for whom the mysteries of the kingdom were meant to be revealed. Earlier, Jesus had said that he alone knows who the Father is and those to whom he wishes to reveal Him.

The disciples are privileged in that it is to them that Jesus wishes to reveal the secrets hidden in the Father’s heart. The mysterion is precisely a secret written in heaven that can only be known when God reveals it. It is Jesus, the Sacrament of the Father, who makes this known in words and gestures. And so their eyes and ears are blessed. Many in the past have desired to see and hear what they see and hear but were not so privileged.

Matthew 13:10-17
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10And his disciples came and said to him: Why speakest thou to them in parables?
11Who answered and said to them: Because to you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven: but to them it is not given.
12For he that hath, to him shall be given, and he shall abound: but he that hath not, from him shall be taken away that also which he hath.
13Therefore do I speak to them in parables: because seeing they see not, and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
14And the prophecy of Isaias is fulfilled in them, who saith: By hearing you shall hear, and shall not understand: and seeing you shall see, and shall not perceive.
15For the heart of this people is grown gross, and with their ears they have been dull of hearing, and their eyes they have shut: lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.
16But blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because they hear.
17For, amen, I say to you, many prophets and just men have desired to see the things that you see, and have not seen them, and to hear the things that you hear and have not heard them.

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