Seeing and Hearing Jesus

Mattthew 13:16-17
Sir 44:1.10-15 / Ps 132

Blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear.
(Matthew 13:16)

We are more fortunate today,
That we understand the Gospel.
The Jews who lived in Jesus’ day
Never knew Him or His Words well.

Jesus said, “But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. Truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.” (Matthew 13: 16-17)

Reflection

Jesus may well be speaking those words to us today – we who are blessed to have come to know Him, the Father and the Holy Spirit better than the multitudes of His age who followed Him blindly, regarding Him merely as the political savior of Israel.

Even His own disciples did not understand His teachings at first, and only after the Holy Spirit had descended upon them on Pentecost did they finally comprehend all that their Master had told them, and what God expected them to do.

Many Christians today are still referred to as nominal in their faith because they have not yet come to know Jesus in a personal way. They go to mass and receive Holy Communion every Sunday, but they do not really “see” or “hear” with their hearts the sacred Eucharistic transformation. They are not familiar with the parables and the wonders that Jesus performed because they never bothered to read about Him in the Gospel accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. These so-called Christians-in-name are the ones Jesus referred to who “look but do not see, and hear but do not listen or understand” (Mt.13:13), like the first seeds sown in our Lord’s Parable of the Sower that fell on the path which the birds ate up (13:4).

God’s Word comes to us in various ways in order to bless our lives. We hear it preached from the podium (or EWTN); read about it in spiritual books and writings, or in personal reflections; and even in subtle events of divine intervention. Through the Word of God we come to a deeper understanding of God’s will, and a more personal relationship with Jesus Christ, His Son. God will give us this gift of understanding the gospel through the power of the Holy Spirit when we desire and seek to become more intimate with Jesus our Savior. Not so for those whose hearts have become callous because of sin. God’s Word will only fall on hard ground where it will make no impression, much less take root in their heart.

Lord, open the eyes and ears of my heart, and make me want to know you more. By this knowledge will my spirit be empowered by Your Holy Spirit to love more. Amen.

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