Friday: 27th July, 2018

Reference text: Matthew 18:18-23

Matthew 13:19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.

The brain is hardwired to attempt to make sense of nearly every sensory input or information that reaches it. However, its response is often much dependent on prior learning or experience. Thus, even though a neuroscientist may not necessarily be a computer nerd, they are more likely to appreciate concepts in Artificial Neural Networks(ANNs) regarding computer systems, and thus maintain their concentration a lot longer in a seminar on the above topic than a lawyer would.

Our brains seem to have an auto-snooze feature that is activated when one cannot make sense of the information reaching it. Hence, instead of struggling, we appear to ease into a state of disinterest and downgrade the relevance of the information coming our way as the brain ‘avoids’ taking in any new input. In fact, it just couldn’t be bothered. This invites us to pay greater attention to the words Jesus in the Gospel of today: ‘whoever hears the Word of the Kingdom and does not understand it’.

We may recall Philip’s question to the Ethiopian Eunuch in Acts 8:30 ‘ do you understand what you have just read?’ because if you do not understand what you read or hear, even your mind tends to regard it as irrelevant and hence, dispensable. My dear, without understanding, the word of God is nothing more than a combination of words- scribbles that are not worth even a moment of our time. Without understanding, the Word loses the effects it can have, not just in lips of the lay man, but even the believer.

However, with understanding, the Word of God takes on a new cloak- it exudes power and takes on the identity of its source – God himself. So sweetheart,

Remember # ‘with all your getting, get understanding’ of the Word of God.


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