Have you ever wondered why it is that Jesus so often spoke in parables? Why didn’t he simply explain to his followers the plain facts about the meaning of the kingdom of God and the purpose of the appearance of the Son of God in the world? These questions were asked by the disciples of Jesus, as we hear in today’s gospel passage from Mathew.
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.
The answer that Jesus gives reveals an important truth. Parables help open the eyes of our hearts. The journey of toward truth is not primarily a cognitive function, but rather requires the eyes and ears of faith. We do not learn how to be in love with God, we experience love of him within our heart.
Open the eyes of my heart Lord. Open the eyes of my heart. I want to see you, I want to see you!