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Today's Gospel + short theological explanation

Thursday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Mt 13,10-17): 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 (…). 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».

The parables of Jesus

Fr. Manel MALLOL Pratginestós (Terrassa, Barcelona, Spain)

Today, we wonder: can Jesus' words be also intended for us? The fullness of time is brought with him, and we find ourselves in this fullness; we are already in Christ's time, in Salvation's time...

Certainly, we have not seen Jesus with our own eyes, but we have, indeed, known Him. We do know Him. We have not heard his voice with our own ears, but we have definitely heard his words. We do hear them. The knowledge our faith gives us, even though not perceptible, is a true knowledge, which brings us near the truth making us, therefore, feel happy and jubilant. Let us not look at Jesus from today to yesterday, but from today to today; let us actually share his time, a never-ending time.

—Jesus, the prayer and the Eucharist assure us this nearness to You, and make us really happy while looking at You with the eyes and ears of our faith.