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Part One

parables are like mirrors for man: will he be hard soil or good earth

for the word?

264

What use has he made of the talents he has

received?

265

Jesus and the presence of the kingdom in this world

are secretly at the heart of the parables. One must enter the king-

dom, that is, become a disciple of Christ, in order to “know the

secrets of the kingdom of heaven.”

266

For those who stay “outside,”

everything remains enigmatic.

267

The signs of the Kingdom of God

547

Jesus accompanies his words with many “mighty works

and wonders and signs,” which manifest that the kingdom is

present in him and attest that he was the promised Messiah.

268

548

The signs worked by Jesus attest that the Father has sent

him. They invite belief in him.

269

To those who turn to him in faith,

he grants what they ask.

270

So miracles strengthen faith in the One

who does his Father’s works; they bear witness that he is the Son

of God.

271

But his miracles can also be occasions for “offense”;

272

they are not intended to satisfy people’s curiosity or desire for

magic. Despite his evident miracles some people reject Jesus; he is

even accused of acting by the power of demons.

273

549

By freeing some individuals from the earthly evils of hun-

ger, injustice, illness, and death,

274

Jesus performed messianic

signs. Nevertheless he did not come to abolish all evils here be-

low,

275

but to free men from the gravest slavery, sin, which thwarts

them in their vocation as God’s sons and causes all forms of human

bondage.

276

264 Cf.

Mt

13:3-9.

265 Cf.

Mt

25:14-30.

266

Mt

13:11.

267

Mk

4:11; cf.

Mt

13:10-15.

268

Acts

2:22; cf.

Lk

7:18-23.

269 Cf.

Jn

5:36; 10:25, 38.

270 Cf.

Mk

5:25-34; 10:52; etc.

271 Cf.

Jn

10:31-38.

272

Mt

11:6.

273 Cf.

Jn

11:47-48

; Mk

3:22.

274 Cf.

Jn

6:5-15;

Lk

19:8;

Mt

11:5.

275 Cf.

Lk

12:13-14;

Jn

18:36.

276 Cf.

Jn

8:34-36.

670, 439

156, 2616

574

447

1503

440