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Liturgical day: Thursday 16th in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Mt 13,10-17): «For the one who has, will be given more and he will have in abundance. But the one who does not have will be deprived of even what he has. That is why I speak to them in parables, because they look and do not see; they hear, but they do not listen or understand». The disciples went up to Jesus and asked, «Why do you speak to them in parables?». Jesus answered, «To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but not to these people. For the one who has, will be given more and he will have in abundance. But the one who does not have will be deprived of even what he has. That is why I speak to them in parables, because they look and do not see; they hear, but they do not listen or understand. In them the words of the prophet Isaiah are fulfilled: ‘Much as you hear, you do not understand; much as you see, you do not perceive’. For the heart of this people has grown dull. Their ears hardly hear and their eyes dare not see. If they were to see with their eyes, hear with their ears and understand with their heart, they would turn back and I would heal them.

»But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears, because they hear. For I tell you that many prophets and upright people would have longed to see the things you see, but they did not, and to hear the things you hear, but they did not hear it».

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today Jesus’ words sound somewhat mysterious. But they are very precise: God sows generously. If the heart responds, then it experiences more hunger for God and receives even more ... But if the heart is closed (without deep "grooves") or full of rocks, then...

- Many souls have had few opportunities in life. God speaks to them gently, with parables, with the things of our earth. Others -perhaps you- have received more and Jesus can speak to us more directly. How lucky, are not we?