Psalm 92:2-3, 13-16
2 Corinthians 5:6-10
11th Sunday in Ordinary Time
To his own disciples he explained everything in private. (Mark 4:34)
Jesus spent a lot of time explaining things to his apostles “in private.” He interpreted parables for them (Matthew 15:15-20). He asked them what they thought about him and his mission (Mark 8:27-29). He gave them detailed instructions on how to preach and heal people (Matthew 10:1-42). John’s Gospel contains five whole chapters filled with private teachings Jesus gave them on the night before he died (John 13–17). Even after he rose from the dead, he continued to explain things to them (Luke 24:44-45; Acts 1:3)!
Matthew tells us that Jesus did this “because knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven” had been given to them above and beyond what everyone else could understand (Matthew 13:11). But things are a little different today. Now we all have the Holy Spirit, whose job it is to take what is Jesus’ and teach it to us (John 16:14). Because of the Spirit, we can all hear Jesus teaching us in the privacy of our own hearts!
So do you want, as Matthew put it, to “look but do not see and hear but do not listen” (Matthew 13:13)? Or do you want to be taught the mysteries of the kingdom? The choice is yours.
Jesus likes to communicate with us. He will share his insights with anyone who comes to him with a listening attitude. The disciples wanted to be with Jesus. They wanted to hear what he had to say, and he willingly answered them. The same can be true for all of us.
If you want Jesus to teach you, then be sure to seek him in prayer every day. Take the time in prayer to ponder the Mass readings; see if any verses catch your eye. If so, write them down, and revisit them during your day. If you sense the Lord asking you to do something specific or to try to change an attitude, follow through. Step-by-step, you’ll find that Jesus himself is teaching you!
“Lord, open my mind so that I can understand.”~WAU