parables are like mirrors for man: will he be hard soil or good earth
for the word?
What use has he made of the talents he has
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.”
For those who stay “outside,”
everything remains enigmatic.
The signs of the Kingdom of God
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.
The signs worked by Jesus attest that the Father has sent
him. They invite belief in him.
To those who turn to him in faith,
he grants what they ask.
So miracles strengthen faith in the One
who does his Father’s works; they bear witness that he is the Son
But his miracles can also be occasions for “offense”;
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.
By freeing some individuals from the earthly evils of hun-
ger, injustice, illness, and death,
Jesus performed messianic
signs. Nevertheless he did not come to abolish all evils here be-
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
5:36; 10:25, 38.
5:25-34; 10:52; etc.