Saturday, April 14: Whoever has ears, let them hear
We return to our occasional reading from beginning to end through the Gospel of Matthew, which emphasizes Jesus' divine nature and his status as the Messiah—as the Son of David, the Son of Man, and the Son of God.
Read Matthew 13:36-43
Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, "Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field."
He answered, "The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.
"As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear."
Jesus is now alone with his disciples, away from the crowds of people. The disciples' hearts are open and they want to understand what Jesus has been teaching through these brief illustrations of the kingdom of heaven. Jesus explains the meaning of the parable of the weeds, sown by the evil one, a parable we looked at a few days ago. Jesus always responds to the needs of hearts and minds that are open to him. He's not offended by sincere questions and encourages his followers to seek after truth.
What honest questions are weighing on your heart today? Tell Jesus about the questions, doubts, or fears that you carry with you. Then watch for his response in the days ahead.