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.” Mt 13:10-17

This past few weeks, I have felt so out of touch with everything. I don’t know, my mind has been distracted by things, not bad things, but just distracted. I think that we all get this way, trying to figure everything out. I did a count on Friday, and it seemed to me that every fifteen minutes at work, I was being given another piece of information to process. It got to the point where I got a headache and had to get some meds for it. Thanks to my wonderful friend for hooking me up on that one. I was so bombarded with all that information, that I didn’t have time to process it all. Not only that, because of all the noise that was coming in, I felt like I was being lost in a crowd, and could not focus on anything.

I don’t want to be the one that is not receiving the messages clearly. I want to be on the side where I am revealed everything and anything as I need it, and can understand it very well. I don’t want my heart to be hardened by the ways of this Earth. I want, instead to be in a place where I do not get tangled up in all the noise and distractions. I am looking for clarity and wisdom. As I was laying down last night, the Spirit hit me, and it was very clear to me. God and I had a very long conversation about the direction that things were going, and I was told, be patient and follow. I think that is just what I needed to hear. In the middle of all the noise and distractions, just a message of guidance.

So, this morning, I was up early and even though this passage is from earlier in the week, when I went to read today’s Mass readings, this is what came up first. I don’t know how, but I do know that God works in all ways, so, there is a reason and a method to why this was the first thing that came up on the screen. Putting myself in this scene, I can see myself in the crowd of people being preached to, but I can also feel myself as a disciple. I know that I am truly blessed to be able to have a relationship with God. I know that there was a time in my life where I longed to hear His voice and have the assurance that I was moving in the right direction. I am blessed more that I deserve because I can hear and feel Him working in my life now. I only pray that everyone can come to know Him as I do.


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