JESUS: “Do you understand all these things?”
They (DISCIPLES) answered, “Yes.”
Maybe, King Solomon, BUT only on a very good day.
Jesus described Himself as someone ‘greater than Solomon.” How could unschooled men understand the font of all wisdom?
Understanding parables are not for the faint of heart. Jesus spoke in parables so that most of the people could NOT understand!”
But in this passage, the disciples answer in unison, YES. (My skepticism of the disciple’s response is cut from the same cloth of the Pharisees. The Pharisee’s basic question was, “How dare you, a person of no standing, no pedigree dares to even talk to people like us.”)
The disciples answered yes not because they understood the details of God’s kingdom, past, present, and future but because they knew Jesus.
Pope Benedict in a 2011 Summer ANGELUS said, God’s true “Parable” is Jesus himself, his Person who, in the sign of humanity, hides and at the same time reveals his divinity. In this manner God does not force us to believe in him but attracts us to him with the truth and goodness of his incarnate Son: love, in fact, always respects freedom.”
God channeled heaven’s wisdom into a 12-year-old Solomon as Israel’s new king. A 12-year-old Jesus enters the temple to begin His father’s work. The boy Solomon becomes king; the boy Jesus, the personification of the temple, is the king and the source of all wisdom.
If Solomon was one of the 12, I think he’d be reincarnated as the Apostle Paul. He’d write something like Ephesians:
“For those he foreknew he also predestined
to be conformed to the image of his Son,
so that he might be the firstborn
among many brothers and sisters.
And those he predestined he also called;
and those he called he also justified;
and those he justified he also glorified.”
Can you imagine Jesus uttering a paragraph like this to his fisherman? (Peter to Jesus, “How do you spell predestined?”)
The parables, like Jesus, encourage us to find eternal life in life’s mysteries. We are encouraged to sell everything so that we become rich. Jesus asks us to fast, which is the dietary version of emptying your closet. The smaller we are, the greater we will be in the life to come.
Jesus ask us: “Do you understand all these things?”
They answered, “Yes.”
And he replied,
“Then every scribe who has been instructed in the kingdom of heaven
is like the head of a household
who brings from his storeroom both the new and the old.”