Happy are your eyes because they see, your ears because they hear! I tell you solemnly, many prophets and holy men longed to see what you see, and never saw it; to hear what you hear, and never heard it.
Today's gospel reading is in the chapter containing the parables of the Kingdom. After having spoken of the reasons why he taught in parables, Jesus told his disciples how privileged they were. “Blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because they hear.” And he continued, “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.”
The disciples of Jesus, of course, were especially privileged to spend their days in the company of the Son of God and to hear his Word directly from his mouth. It was probably only later, when this gospel came to be written, that they realised just how privileged they really were. And, of course, even though it is 2,000 years later, we too are so privileged to hear the same words as the guide to our life. And we might ask: Why us? And, Why not other people? The question of course is how are responding to this message and how is it being lived out in our daily lives? And to what extent are we sharing it with those who have never heard it?