The reading from St. Paul’s epistle, first epistle to the Thessalonians , “Brethren we give thanks to God always for you, making remembrance of you in our prayers without ceasing, being mindful of the work of your faith and labour and charity and of the enduring of the hope of Our Lord Jesus Christ before God and Our Father. Knowing brethren beloved of God, your election for our Gospel have not be on to you in word only but in power also and in the Holy Ghost and in much fullness as you know what manner of men we have been among you for your sakes and you gave and you became followers of us, and of the Lord; receiving the word in much tribulation, with joy of the Holy Ghost so that you were made a pattern to all who believe in Macedonia and in Achaia. For from you was spread abroad the word of the Lord, not only in Macedonia, and in Achaia, but also in every place, your faith which is towards God, is gone forth, so that we need not to speak anything. For they themselves relate of us, what manner of entering in we had unto you; and how you turned to God from idols, to serve the living and true God. And to wait for His Son from heaven whom He raised up from the dead, Jesus, who hath delivered us from the wrath to come.” Our blessed Lord, at the beginning of His ministry spoke clearly. He also make many miracles without being asked and indeed even asking for nothing. We are told they came in their multitudes and touched Him and were healed. But after the death of John the Baptist our Lord adopted a different approach. He no longer spoke, except in parables and the reason was the death of St. John had made it very clear, that one was either for God or against God. To be for God meant to be for Christ. If one were resistant to the grace of Christ, then someone was also resistant to God’s grace, our Lord Himself makes that clear. In speaking parables, He did one of two things, first there were those who were sincere and wanted to know. They would be the ones in whom the parables would be intriguing and would grip their hearts and they would make the necessary effort to understand. We will see that when the disciples would say to our Lord… For Fr. Linus’ complete homily please listen to the Audio.