Over the next few weeks we are going to hear parables. It was one of Jesus favorite ways of teaching. In today’s passage the disciples ask Jesus, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” Jesus responds, “This is why I speak to them in parables, because they look but do not see, and hear but do not listen or understand.” It’s important that we pay attention. The parables are always meant for us, not someone else.
What kind of chance does God have with us today as His Word is proclaimed to us? Are we ready to hear that Word? Do we welcome it? Ponder it? Allow it to challenge us in what we say and we do, in how we live, how we vote, how we choose friends, how we tend to the earth’s resources, how we give voice to the needs of the poor and the voiceless and the marginalized of our society?
Did we initially welcome the word, but then turn away from its truth when times got tough? Have worry and anxiety and the lure of riches caused us to turn a deaf ear to the word’s challenges? What distracts us from hearing that Word of God?
At the end of the day have you ever asked yourself, “How was God with me today? What was God trying to say to me today and how did I respond?” These are questions to help us to look and see, to listen and understand. God speaks to us in scripture, but he is also speaking to us throughout our day.
And every day God is asking us to speak his Word to others. It may be that time when your child is asking for your attention. Maybe it is when we see hundreds of children trying to come into this country. What do we say to them? Is that God’s Word we are speaking or something else?
Listening to the Word of God and understanding can be challenging. Pope Francis said, “I prefer a church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets rather than a church which is unhealthy from being confined and clinging to its own security.” The Word of God stretches us to be our best.
New people coming on the Parish Pastoral Council are: Marcia Rumans, Jodie James, E.J. McKernan, and Jamie Brown. They will be joining Brigeete Kurtenbach, Charlotte Berndt, Lenore Kinman, George Del Fratte, Margaret Heringer, and Linda Symes. Please keep our Pastoral Council in your prayers through the coming year as they work to hear the Word of God and call our parish to respond.