Our age is tremendously excited about the visual. We have less time for words. Yet here is Paul, firm in the conviction that "faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ."
The people are hungry. The disciples imagine an improbable solution: send them to buy food. Yet Jesus' startling response—"You give them something to eat!"—seems more improbable. As usual, he's embodying a different script.
Matthew 13: 31–33; 44–52
I remind myself to approach the parables with a receptive spirit. I don't want to interpret these lovely, tiny gems; I want to wonder about them.
Matthew 13:24–30, 36–43
The lessons about God's kingdom in the Parable of the Weeds and the Wheat reverberate into our moment. We all see weeds, but shouldn't make it our business to separate them.