Gospel: Matthew 13:47-53
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a big fishing net, let down into the sea, in which every kind of fish has been caught. When the net is full, it is dragged ashore. Then they sit down and gather the good fish into buckets, but throw the bad away. That is how it will be at the end of time; the angels will go out to separate the wicked from the just, and to throw the wicked into the blazing furnace, where they will weep and gnash their teeth.” Jesus asked, “Have you understood all these things?” “Yes,” they answered. So he said to them, “Therefore, every teacher of the law, who becomes a disciple of the kingdom of heaven, is like a householder, who can produce from his store things both new and old.”
When Jesus had finished these parables, he left that place.
“Have you understood all these?”
One of the marks of Jesus’ dis ciples, as trained for the reign of God, is being able to comprehend the teachings of Jesus about the inbreaking of God’s reign. And this understanding is made possi ble only through Jesus. The disci ples got the meaning of his mes sage, which made them “blessed recipient of the mystery of God’s love” (Donald Senior). Having been guided to a profound un derstanding of the love of God, they got the message right.
Many times we need someone, or few others, to help us under stand things. We need people to help us see things that are hidden from view and comprehension. We know people who have suf fered unfortunate, immoral and devastating lives because of the failure to get things right by see king other people’s knowledge, wisdom and experience about life and human affairs. As often been said: We stand on others’ shoulder to accomplish something. The knowledge, wisdom, experience of others are blocks by which we build our lives. And the Spirit of God puts all these together, ce mented in one piece.
Genuine understanding of things has the power to raise the level of our consciousness, change our perspective, widen our horizon, create positive and lasting impact(s) in human af fairs and condition of the natu ral world.
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