- Name: Rev. Geoffrey A. Wagner
- Occupation: Pastor [LCMS]
- Location: Elizabeth, CO
- Quote: I always recall one from C. S. Lewis: ...[It] is not the remembered but the forgotten past that enslaves us.
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Today’s Gospel reading is a two-part story on blindness. It tells us about the two types of blindness with which the world is or can be afflicted. And, in both cases, it shows us the cure to the blindness.
Would it surprise you to know that the reason Jesus spoke in parables was to keep the hidden things of God hidden from unbelievers? Would it surprise you to learn that the reason Jesus wanted to keep the hidden things of God hidden from unbelievers is so that they would not become believers? This is a very hard saying, and one which should give you pause, even as you contemplate how it is that God is merciful and gracious. It would seem to go against the very notion that God desires all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth (cf. 1 Timothy 2:4)—to come to understand the hidden things of God.