Commentary of the Word of Life:

To anyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich; from anyone who has not, even what he has will be taken away (Mt 13,12)

Jesus says these words in answer to his disciples who asked him why he speaks in parables. He explains that not everyone is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but only people who are open, only those who accept his words and live them.
In fact, some of those who hear him choose to close their eyes and ears so that “they look but do not see and hear but do not listen or understand” (Mt. 13:13). These are people who see and hear Jesus, but because they assume that they already know all the truth, they do not believe his words or the actions that confirm them. For this reason, they end up losing even the little they have.

To anyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich; from anyone who has not, even what he has will be taken away

So then, what is the meaning of these words of Jesus? He is inviting us to open our hearts to the Word that he came to announce to us; indeed, at the end of our lives, he will ask us to give an account of how we lived it.
The Gospel writings show us that the announcement of this Word is the focus of all of Jesus’ desires and actions. We see him going from one village to another, on the roads, in town squares, in the countryside, in homes, in synagogues announcing the message of salvation, addressing everyone, but especially the poor, the humble, those who had been relegated to the margins of society. He compares his Word to light, salt, yeast and to a net cast into the sea, to seeds sown in the field. He will give his life so that the fire contained in his Word may blaze.

To anyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich; from anyone who has not, even what he has will be taken away

Jesus expects the Word he announced to us to transform the world. Consequently, he does not permit us to remain neutral, lukewarm or indifferent in the face of this announcement. He does not allow such a great gift, once received, to remain idle.
To underscore this demand, Jesus reaffirms a law that lies at the very foundation of all of spiritual life: if you put into practice his Word, he will introduce you ever more deeply into the riches and incomparable joys of his kingdom. If, however, you disregard this Word, Jesus will take it away and entrust it to others who will make it bear fruit.

To anyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich; from anyone who has not, even what he has will be taken away

Thus this Word of Life warns us against making a grave mistake — that of accepting the Gospel, perhaps making it the object of study, admiration and discussion, but without putting it into practice.
Instead Jesus expects us to accept the Word and incorporate it into our lives in a practical way, making it the energy that imbues all our activities, so that through our witness, the Word may be the light, salt and yeast that gradually transforms society.
During this month then, let us focus on one of the many Words of Life from the Gospel and put it into practice. We will enrich our joy with even more joy.

Chiara Lubich

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