Beads of Joy 07-21-11
Parables? Oh. So That’s Why
©2011 James Dacey, Jr. SFO
Our Lord’s wisdom is infinite, His use of the parables by using stories mixed with images, allows us to see a biblical teaching in a sort of three dimensional way. I love parables for reflection and the fact that every time I meditate on them, each time it is fresh and new in that way of its depth and understanding. I hope I am making sense; parables are just so exciting and fun to learn about. Jesus always had this natural way of using parables even in just sentences that weren’t parables in full content to the chapter, but individually they are. The harmonic balance in a parable is just this: At the end of the story all the spiritual and material aspects of the story come together and their objective to share spiritual truth is revealed. It is an amazing part of the gospels. Did you know there are also numerous parables in the Old Testament? In the future I will share a couple of them; they are simply amazing stories in and of themselves also. I will share them with you, I promise.
How do we gain from a parable? Pick a parable and read it a couple of times. I have heard that parables protect truth embedded in a story, if you are in tune with Jesus and His word, and His truth, you will understand it. Even if you live in utter darkness but have only one spec of light, you will sense the spiritual truth in the story. The Holy Spirit within us is from Jesus, and the Spirit always draws itself to Jesus. Simply pray and ask for guidance from the Spirit whenever you spend time reading the parables.
What other advantages do parables provide? As a story, a parable tends to be more easily remembered. It’s not like we need to be a scholar, but with a story it’s so much easier to recall. What I really like also about parables is it really has you thinking, and sifting through the words and imagery trying to find God’s truth. Parables also are an attention grabber to all people of all ages, making a parable a wonderful teaching tool. And I guess many have noticed how I get all wound up and thrilled to be able to share a parable; to me they are so exciting , they stir up my conscience, and to me, give me a three dimensional way to learn more about God’s truth. From one parable I can see multiple truths and explanations to understand God even more. When Jesus taught His parables, they use to say, “No one like that before.” He really grabbed their attention, He certainly has grabbed mine.
Benefits of a Parable: In Matthew 13, Finis Dake gives us seven beneficial reasons for using parables; he has them in his book “Annotated Reference Bible”. Here they are:
1. To reveal truth in interesting form and create more interest.
2. To make known new truths to interested hearers.
3. To make known mysteries by comparison with things we already know.
4. To conceal truth from disinterested hearers and rebels at heart.
5. To add truth to those who love it and want more.
6. To take away from those who hate and do not want it.
7. To fulfill prophecy.
This is so exciting. What is the mission of a parable? Basically it’s just a form of teaching prophecy and biblical truth through story telling. I encourage you to take the time to spend time reflecting and learning the parables Jesus taught in the New Testament. This is truly a wonderful aspect of our faith. God Bless all of you. If there is any way I can help, please don’t hesitate to ask. Just drop me an email. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Your brother in Christ Jesus & His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr. SFO
Today we pray the Luminous Mysteries
1. Baptism of Jesus
2. Wedding at Cana
3. Proclamation of the Kingdom
4. The Transfiguration
5. Institution of the Holy Eucharist