Eighteenth Meditation

(Ascent of Mount Carmel, book II: chapter 18-20)

"The disciples approached him and said, 'Why do you speak to them in parables?' He said to them in reply, 'Because knowledge of
the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven has been granted to you, but to them it has not been granted…This is why I speak to them in parables, because 'they look but do not see and hear but do not listen or understand.' Isaiah's prophecy is fulfilled in them, which says: 'You shall indeed hear but not understand you shall indeed look but never see…'But blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because they hear.'" (38)

Believing By Receiving

The visionary yearns for light;
A spotlight in which he can shine:
His secret pride forms a false plight
In which his ego is the shrine.

The literalist seeks to hold
The Word with his limited mind:
He squeezes Truth as it is told;
The fruit slips out, leaving the rind.

Distrusting of her own weakness,
She prays, humbly, with open hands:
The Lord rests on her soul's meekness --
An altar laid without demands.

With humble truth, her soul receives
The Truth -- in spirit, she believes.

38. Matthew 13:10,11,13,14,16

(c) Paul Buis, 2003