Matt assembles this week and next week collections of parables, probably from pre-existing sources. Jesus used parables as frequently as GK Chesterton and Oscar Wilde used paradoxes. He was in fact an itinerant story teller which explains in part why so many people followed him. People love stories.
Parables are like a single rifle shot. They have one point and one point only.
They are not allegories, stories in which everything has a
meaning. Thus the allegorical interpretation of todays parable was probably added by
a later author (before the composition of the Gospel, however). Tellers of parables
usually refuse to explain what there one shot story means, because in the explanation some
of the narrative power is lost. However, the main point of todays story is that despite
all obstacle, the
Fr. Greeley's Last Book:
One upon a time a battered parish priest approached his bishop. I want to retire, he said. Youre not old enough to retire. Yeah, but Im worn out. My laity are fighting one another, my young people dont come to Church. My parish Council has no guts. My teenagers drink too much. My staff are in constant conflict.
A couple of women are trying to take over the parish. Men cant stand the tension. My collections are down. Spies are reporting me to you every week. Grammar school kids are breaking windows and writing graffiti. I receive anonymous hate mail every day. The bishop sighed loudly, that West of Ireland sigh which suggests the advent of a serious asthmas attack. Let me tell you about my problems.
The two men
sat in silence for a few minutes after they exchanged woes. Well, said the bishop,
congratulations on having a lively parish. Its still alive and kicking. The
So the pastor went home and did not resign.
8 Let me hear what God the LORD will speak, for he will speak peace to
his people, to his saints, to those who turn to him in their hearts.
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