July 16th

July 16th

     “The ear that hears, and the eye that sees- the Lord has made them both” Proverbs 20:12. Yet, in our interactions we sometimes aske each other, “How can you not see it?” People often look at the same thing, yet they see it differently.
     Our Lord used parables to communicate His lessons. In the form of a story, people learned the lessons on proper behavior. Parables such as the “Lost Sheep”, “Prodigal Son” and “New Wine Skins vs Old Wine Skins” do not usually require an explanation. This parable about the “Sower and the Seed” is not one of our Lords easiest parables. The fact that there is an explanatory paragraph following the parable indicates that the first listeners had difficulty understanding the story.
     In Matthew’s Gospel, this parable is presented during a time when there was increasing hostility to Jesus and His message. The first Christians were trying to understand why so few believed in Jesus. How could it be that after hearing the message of Jesus, some people remained unmoved? Jesus answered the question by saying that not every person is ready to believe.
     Without this readiness to believe in Jesus, a person could read the Gospel or listen to God’s Word for hours and remain unaffected. What seems impossible for us is possible for those whose lives are filled with distractions.
     Jesus’ teaching has been spread over all the earth. The reality is that not everyone gets the message. Whether a person’s readiness comes from an experience of desperation or simple open-mindedness, they recognize a deeper truth that others miss.
     Scripture says that God made our eyes and ears. Jesus says, “Blessed are your eyes for they see and you ears for they hear.” Just as we have been made by God, we do not become members of God’s family until we receive the Sacrament of Baptism and the Spirit of God is within us. In the same way, our eyes and ears do not truly become affective until we hear God’s Word and see His world through renewed vision.

Open my eyes, O Lord, that I may see Your Providence.
Open my ears, that I may hear Your voice
As you speak to me through
Your Word,
Your Creation,
And the voices of Your people.
Open my eyes to the life You give me.
I am not here accidentally.
You put me in this world with Blessing
and with Purpose.
Open my eyes, O Lord, that I may see Your Providence .