10 The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?” 11 He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them….15 For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.‘
This passage of scripture in Matthew will forever astound me. It will forever astound me that God has hidden the secrets of his Kingdom from some. Now that seems completely unfair for God to do that.
I remember hearing a story of a little boy who went to a chapel. He showed up early and had to wait inside for the service to start. Because he was in such a rush to get to the chapel, he forgot to eat and now hunger pined his stomach. Low and behold the priest saw this young man’s plight and brought out a very beautiful plate of crackers and placed it on the alter. The young man recognized this as a answer to his prayers. The Lord has smiled upon him and has granted him a ram in the thicket; a priest who brought him crackers in his time of need. When the young man approached the plate, he realized that the crackers in the plate where too small to take only one. So he grabbed a handful and started gorging himself. The priest returned from the back and saw this young man helping himself to the Holy Body of Christ; the Holy Eucharist. The priest with shock shouted SACRILEGE, SACRILEGE.
Sacrilege, when you take something Holy and treat it as ordinary. Sacrilege, when you take something which has been set apart for sacred use and use it in an ordinary sense. Sacrilege, it is the defaming of something of high value. The purpose of the Eucharist (aka the Lord’s Supper) is not to satisfy the hunger of your body, but to satisfy the hunger of your spirit, soul, & body. Its purpose is not to fill your belly. It’s purpose is to draw the hungry soul closer to God. But if you misunderstand its purpose, you will simply fill your belly, while missing his true intentions; its true intentions which is to bring you in oneness with Christ.
The people stood before the Son of God, Jesus Christ, heard his words and many of them simply filled their bellies and walked away. Many of them were simply confused; many of them sought something they could use against Jesus; many of them heard his words as merely good words and felt psychologically filled. Everyone heard the same word, yet not everyone could receive it; though the opportunity was present.
There were some in the crowd who heard his words and saw life. They heard his words, went and sold all they had to take hold of what Jesus was saying. There are those who heard his words and gave up their lives to have his. To those who treated his words, not in a sacrilegious but, with Holy reverence, Jesus says, “But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.” (Matthew 13:16-17)