Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

July 26, 2012

Joel Fuchs

Senior, Biology Major

Jer 2:1-3, 7-8, 12-13
Ps 36:6-7ab, 8-9, 10-11
Matt 13:10-17

"This is why I speak to them in parables, because
they look but do not see and hear but do not listen or understand." - Matthew 13:13

Why does Jesus talk in parables?

When it comes to Christian spirituality, some days I get it, and some days I don’t. There are times when I listen to a homily which tells me exactly what a passage means, and yet, it never quite sinks in. More often than not, it flies right out the other side of my head… But then there are other days; days when I feel like every little minute of my life is telling me something loud and clear about the Kingdom of God and what his purpose is for me. Maybe it's going camping and waking up to find the most beautiful mist over the lake and the sun peering over the pine trees. At this point, I feel some of those beautiful words in Matthew 6: With a world this breathtaking, what do I have to be anxious about in my life? I compare these moments to what Jesus is trying to depict for us in parables.

I realize now, why wouldn’t Jesus talk in parables to us? Even at our greatest moments, it takes such an open heart to hear everything God is saying to us. Certain things touch us at different times, different places, in different settings, and not one of us is the same. God’s message is a universal one, and there is certainly a wide array of people in a wide array of situations that want to listen. Jesus taught us in parables because he wanted each and every one of us to be able to fully connect with the message of God’s Kingdom.

What I often forget, and I mean often, is that God is not trying to make his Word difficult. It is just that there are times I’m not capable of understanding. I guess I’ve never thought about it until now, but there is so much joy in being able to be reminded of the vastness of faith in such simple words and such simple settings, just like a parable.

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