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As I read through today's reading, one verse (Mk 4:12) bites me
There are different kinds of hearers as pictured in the parable that comes immediately before and which Jesus explains after verse 12.
Does that mean there are people whom Jesus Christ does not want to convert or forgive at all? What should (and should not) we learn from this verse?
I wouldn't say He has absolutely no desire to convert them. Because of this, for instance:
Matthew 23.37, "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!"
On the other hand, Jesus does seem to imply a divine intention behind their response. Consider Isaiah 6, which might explain why Jerusalem stoned the prophets and rejected their message:
*Isaiah 6.8-13, "And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?”
Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”
And he said, “Go, and say to this people:
“‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’
Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and blind their eyes;
lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears,
and understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.”
Then I said, “How long, O Lord?”
And he said:
“Until cities lie waste without inhabitant, and houses without people, and the land is a desolate waste, and the Lord removes people far away, and the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land.
And though a tenth remain in it, it will be burned again, like a terebinth or an oak, whose stump remains when it is felled. Thy holy seed is its stump”*
One thing we could learn from this is that here is another reason for us to live in utter dependance upon El Shaddai, (God Almighty).