TUESDAY, November 3 (Richard Hooker)

Matthew 13:44-52. “Have you understood all this?” [Jesus asked the disciples.] They answered, “Yes.”

You have to hand it to the disciples. While they rarely understood anything Jesus said or did, they were always ready to claim they did. Who, after all, wants to appear ignorant when the teacher asks a question?
In today’s gospel the disciples ask Jesus to explain the parable of the sower. His response comes in the form of more parables–comparing the kingdom of heaven to treasure hidden in a field, a pearl of great price, and a great net cast into the sea. They all sound nice but they are hardly helpful explanations.
Never mind. The apostles were watching and listening with pre-Easter eyes and ears. Living, as you do, on this side of Easter, you know that the treasure Jesus speaks of is you.
You are the pearl of great price that he was willing to go to the cross to redeem; you are the treasure he seeks to unbury at great cost and bring into the light; you are the great good catch in the net Jesus desires to set apart from evil.

If you have not yet fully grasped these truths, you are in good company. But, oh, the freedom that comes from knowing you are so loved by God! Do you understand?

PRAY for the Diocese of Umuahia (Niger Delta, Nigeria)

Ps 61, 62 * 68:1-20(21-23)24-36; Nehemiah 12:27-31a, 42b-47; Revelation 11:1-19
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