The disciples approached Jesus and said,
“Why do you speak to the crowd in parables?”
Parables are interpreted, they are puzzles. One can think they understand, and a moment later try to answer another quizzical question. They have different meanings to different people, and they can have a different meaning to the same person at a different time or circumstance. They are intended to be that way, almost immediately understood and then questioned again. They encourage wonder and amazement, they challenge and beg for dialogue; and that is precisely how one should approach God. It is with amazement and understanding and an open mind.
Thursday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time