In for example Matthew 13, Jesus says parables (e.g. of the sower), says that he, Jesus, does not want to tell the masses their meaning, then tells the disciples the parables' hidden (disciple only) meaning which, we though we are the masses are allowed to read in (ostensibly at least) disciple-penned Gospels.
If the disciples believed Jesus when he says that it is inappropriate to share the meaning behind parables with the masses, then why did they tell us, the masses, in the gospels? If so, is there anything to suggest that the parables' (disciple only) meaning is either obfuscation or not the whole meaning?
I ask especially because having read the non canonical Gospel of Thomas, I see that Thomas claims there is at least one meaning ("three words") that he can't even share with the other disciples, let alone us the masses, and the mention of "stones" therein reminds me both of the stones that would minister to the disciples in the Gospel of Thomas, and the stones in the parable of the sower.
The Gospel of Thomas Addendum from http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/thomas/index.html Using the Blatz translation Saying 19: Five Trees in Paradise
Jesus said: Blessed is he who was before he came into being. If you become disciples to me (and) listen to my words, these stones will minister to you. For you have five trees in Paradise which do not change, either in summer or in winter, and their leaves do not fall. He who knows them shall not taste of death.
Saying 13 (Thomas says that he can't tell even the other disciples what Jesus had told him. He happens to mention stones again, coincidentally perhaps.) [snip] And he took him, withdrew, (and) spoke to him three words. Now when Thomas came (back) to his companions, they asked him: What did Jesus say to you? Thomas said to them: If I tell you one of the words which he said to me, you will take up stones (and) throw them at me; and a fire will come out of the stones (and) burn you up.