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"The parable . It puts the responsibility fairly and squarely on the individual. It truth to him who desires truth; it truth from him who does not wish to see the truth.”
In another passage Jesus tells his disciples not to throw their "pearls before swine." Meaning don't feed what is holy to the dogs. Simply put, Jesus wants all people to seek the truth through Him. But if people are not interested or are disinclined to take him seriously, he lets them be. Jesus can't make anybody listen to him, nor does he try to. Jesus also realizes that some were already hardened, and might listen but with no intention of learning anything from him.
I think this is a good principle to remember. We have all had conversations with people who were combative to our point of view from the beginning. We see this a lot in political conversations. There is really no exchange of ideas, just one person trying to prove another wrong.
So then how are we to share the Good News? We know we are called to share the Good News. Jesus gives us the Great Commission. But that is just it, sharing is different than trying to "cram it down someone's throat". As our first parable teaches, we are only cast the seeds. If it falls on fertile ground, it may take root. Or it can initially take root, but then weeds may choke it out its growth. But some seed that is sown takes root, grows and actually bears fruit. Importantly for us to remember is, "Though we plant the seeds, it is God who makes it grow!"
In the end this truth takes the pressure off of us to convert anyone. We should not even try. We are only called to live a life worthy of the gospel and then when asked, give an answer for the hope we have in Jesus.
St Francis of Assisi said, "Preach the gospel and if necessary use words!"
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As I mentioned yesterday, Jesus is now entering a new phase of ministry. He has gone from doing ministry and showing the disciples how. To the disciples doing the ministry and showing Jesus. In any good training program students learn from their mentor by watching them do what they eventually want to do. But at a certain point the trainee needs to get on their own and try it for themselves.