As a teaching method, Jesus repeatedly explores the kingdom of heaven by comparing it to real life stories and concrete images. A parable links the daily and familiar with the mystery of God that is beyond all knowing. This means our experience cracks open the door to they mystery of God. It means we encounter God is our daily life.
To make Jesus known, to evangelize, Pope Francis challenges us to create a new language of parables in his exhortation Joy of the Gospel, “Be bold enough to discover new signs and new symbols, new flesh to embody and communicate the word and different forms of beauty that are valued in different cultural settings (#167).
To what in your experience might you compare the kingdom of heaven?
please visit the Sunday By Sunday page
to order a subscription or