2 Tm 1:1-8; Ps 96; Mk 4:26-34

Saints Timothy and Titus, bishops

With many such parables he spoke the word to them as they were able to understand it.
A good rule for any public speaker is to know the audience. Jesus adapted his language for the needs of those assembled. He used simple everyday images, gently and cautiously leading them. The familiar language was interesting without being threatening. If Jesus simply exposed their flaws and need to change, they may have walked away. He couldn’t speak directly because the people weren't ready for the challenging reality of his message. Those able to seek a deeper meaning under the seemingly plain illustrations slowly came in their own time to realize how the parables called them to accept Jesus and to acknowledge him as the Messiah.
Thank you, gentle Jesus, for taking the time to reveal your divine truth to me in a way I can intimately know you.