The Gospel reading for today, July 24, 2008; Matthew 13: 10-17
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.
Isaiah's prophecy is fulfilled in them, which says:
You shall indeed hear but not understand,
you shall indeed look but never see.
Gross is the heart of this people,
they will hardly hear with their ears,
they have closed their eyes,
lest they see with their eyes
and hear with their ears
and understand with their hearts and be converted
and I heal them.
"But blessed are your eyes, because they see,
and your ears, because they hear.
Amen, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people
longed to see what you see but did not see it,
and to hear what you hear but did not hear it."
In reflecting on today's Gospel reading, Jesus tells His Disciples "Blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears because they hear." How many of us would have loved to have walked with Jesus during those Glorious times. We would have been privileged to see His Glory and Majesty FIRST HAND. Can you imagine, being on the Road to Emmaus and having Christ appear to us? What about being at the Wedding Feast at Cana and seeing Jesus turn water into wine? Even being among the 5,000 he fed with the Loaves and Fishes; seeing first hand, Christ healing the blind and the lame walking again. Jesus tells His sheep, so many people long to see what they saw, and hear what they heard. In essence, Jesus is telling them to Treasure the day and time they are in.
In the same way, the Gospel reading reminds us to also Treasure the time we are currently in. If we have our eyes open and ears open to the Holy Spirit, we too can see through the eyes of Christ, the beauty that surrounds our daily life. We also are a part of the Healing, through Christ, to those He brings across our daily paths.
So, remember what Mother Teresa said; "You can save someone's soul with just a smile!" God will send someone to YOU today for Healing. Will you allow yourself to be open to the Spirit and bless them with the Word of God? Remember, we are Blessed to be Blessings to others!
Peace 2 U and always remember, KEEP ON KEEPIN' ON!