Divine Love it is that energizes and structures the parables. Only the incarnate Word can thus perfectly mediate eternal and unfathomable mysteries to weak and sinful creatures, provided these open their hearts to receive the gift. For this way of “indirection”, this path to God’s very Heart via humanity’s language of flesh, is nothing other than the path the Savior personally assumed in his sacred Incarnation. The saving event of the Incarnation and the narrative event of the parable go hand in hand, for in both cases it is Love that impels God to empty himself out, to communicate his divine being in the materiality of flesh and words handed over lovingly by a Friend to his friends.

Erasmo Leiva-Merikakis, Fire of Mercy, Heart of the Word: Meditations on the Gospel according to Saint Matthew, Chapters 1–25, vol. 2 (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1996–2012), 259.


My notes: First some context to the quote. The author is commenting on Matthew 13:34-35, in which Jesus is explaining why He talks in parables.  Jesus reveals the Kingdom of God in parables, but He (Jesus) had to come here, in the same flesh we have been given (by Him), so that he could talk to us.  God is not some distant being up in “heaven” somewhere. God is Love, and love moves, works, creates, communicates, sanctifies and then even comes here (into that which He has created) to be with the creatures that He has created. God who is Love, is impelled by His very being (love) to the Incarnation.