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dc.contributor.authorGillick, Larry, S.J.en_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary Number: 398en_US
dc.description.abstract|Shakespeare, in Sonnet 116, spends sixteen lines of flowery words with a couple of fine images and some good words. Why didn't he just come out clear, straight and simple and say that he's in favor of married-love? He closes his poem with a clever little thought that if what he wrote is proved to be not true, then "I never writ nor no man ever loved". He could have said that more plainly, too.|I once taught Shakespeare to high school Sophomores and they would often sound like the paragraph above. "Why didn't she just come right out and say it!" I once memorized this very sonnet for my learned Jesuit English professor. I went to his room and declaimed it with as much of my heart as I had at the time. He listened to it quietly and then responded, "The only problem with that, Gillick, is it sounds like you've never been in love". That darn Shakespeare.|In today's Gospel we hear the Sophomore-class of His disciples wanting to know why He speaks poetically in these parables. Why doesn't he just come right out and say, that some are going to get it and some just might and some really will. That's very clear!|Parables, like Aesop's Fables, are easier to remember; they're catchy and employ the imagination. What Jesus is doing is more than teaching them to memorize. Jesus is revealing to them that they are receiving something which is new and will always be new.   The disciples are hearing, listening, seeing and taking it all into their hearts, but slowly, because they are only in their Sophomore year with their Teacher.|What is all this for us? There is something just under the surface in us which desires certainty, clarity and solidness. This is human and healthy. There is something deeper within us which longs for completion and not easy answers. Poems like parables touch that deeper place which desires searching, pondering and actually trust more than the boredom of finding solutions.|Do you want a clear explanation of human love? That would not walk with you very far and you would not ever know what love is. Love is the basis of the very existence of God Who cannot be figured out. Love and be loved and you will never be able to explain it, especially to Sophomores.  Jesus never wanted to be explainable, but gracefully experienced.|If this be not true, then I never writ either! en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.titleReflection for Thursday, July 23, 2020: 16th week in Ordinary Time.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitDeglman Center for Ignatian Spiritualityen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorGillick, Lawrence D., S.J.en_US Timeen_US 16en_US
dc.subject.local1Jeremiah 2:1-3, 7-8, 12-13en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 36:6-7ab, 8-9, 10-11en_US
dc.subject.local4Matthew 13:10-17en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US IIen_US

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