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July 12

Matthew 13, 10-13

Something to read

Then the disciples came and asked him, ‘Why do you speak to them in parables?’ He answered, ‘To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For to those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. The reason I speak to them in parables is that “seeing they do not perceive, and hearing they do not listen, nor do they understand.” 
New Revised Standard Version

Something to think about

Jesus spoke in parables for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it was to help those who had open hearts and minds to understand. However, parables also hid the message from those such as the Roman occupiers or religious leaders.

Often Jesus told parables and asked his audience to offer some kind of judgement about the righteousness of a person or on who was the best in the story. Often those asked gave their answer, only to feel foolish or to have actually condemned themselves by their answer. Yet again Jesus was turning power on its head.

How much do we listen to what is really being said? Do we appreciate the underlying truth or jump to conclusions? Do we respond with easy expected answers and say 'the right thing'?

Whether it is just village gossip, celebrity 'news' or international political scandals, it is easy to jump to conclusions and go along with the crowd. Are we to be trusted with God’s truth?

Something to do

Listen to yourself in conversations today. What is the underlying truth? What are the power dynamics? Try to respond with integrity and perception.

Something to pray

Creator God, help us understand the secrets of your world and sustain our hunger for truth and integrity.

Today's contributor is Charlotte Haines Lyon, a full-time mum and freelance writer who writes for Christian Aid's Surefish.co.uk website.


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