Our assignment for Unit 1 Lesson 3 was to write a parable. Like the Year 1 assignment on writing a myth, this gave us a better understanding of a literary structure found in the Bible.

a: Write a modern day parable in the style of Mark about the Kingdom of God. Begin it simply with the words “The Kingdom of God is like …”

b:  How might you explain your parable to those who are on the “inside.”

I loved hearing the parables others wrote. Here are only a few.


2 responses to “Parables

  1. The kingdom of God is like a grain of sand. It is lost on the shore among millions of its mates. It is banished from a clean house by broom, vacuum, or Swiffer cloth. It lodges in the eye of man and beast, causing tears. But when it finds its way inside the shell of an oyster, the mollusk covers it with layer upon layer of nacre, creating a pearl of great price.
    Agnostics do not recognize the realm of God, assuming it is only one of many concepts without a foundation in reality. Atheists banish the possibility of the kingdom from their minds. Casual believers recognize it, grow irritated, and flick it out of their eyes, that they may continue their easy lives.

    But those who know and trust God accept his kingdom as an opportunity to produce and grow beautiful hearts full of compassion and love.

  2. The parable I used in class was actually something Jim McGill said recently. But it just hit home to me.

    Heaven is like entering “Cheers” bar where “Everyone Knows Your Name.”

    On the television show “Cheers,” there were many very imperfect people who made mistakes and certainly wouldn’t seem to be too spiritual.

    However, they greeted each other and gave friendly comfortable support to each other that could qualify as merciful and loving.

    When most of get to heaven or even purgatory (hopefully), we probably won’t show up with all the troublesome issues of our lives all resolved and in a state of spiritual perfection. But our hope (like the patrons of Cheers) is that God and the Saints will know our names.

    Thanks, Jim.

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