“Parable”— a word associated with Jesus, almost as much as the word “Gospel.” Today begins “The Sermon of Parables,” the third of five major discourses in the Gospel of Matthew. Envisioning Jesus as the new Moses, Matthew parallels the first five books of the Bible, the Torah.
Parallel and parable: the words are related through the common Greek prefix para meaning “alongside.” Parallel lines are those that move alongside each other at the same distance, uniting only in infinity. The third syllable in the word parable means, “to throw.” A parable is an image that is “thrown alongside” some aspect of the Good News, so that we can see grace reflected in the image.
Remember the list of seven parables in this chapter. Be alert today for other parables that the Spirit will throw your way, as the Spirit within your heart teaches you about the mysteries of the Kingdom of God.
What are these?
Seed-word falling on good soil v. 8
The secrets of Your Kingdom v. 11
Mustard seed becoming great v. 32
Finding the pearl of great price v. 45
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We continue reading the Gospel of Matthew.
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