a fictitious short story that uses ordinary experiences of life to teach a deeper spiritual lesson. Built on similes, is true to life, filled with surprises, told to a challenge
a figure of speech used to get a point across compares two different things, like is often, but not always used.
Where Jesus got His ideas for parables
every day life
How Jesus kept everyone's attention
filled his stories with surprises
Purpose of the parables
to challenge them in the way they though about God and lived their lives.
Kingdom of God
a symbol reminding everyone that God is Lord of the universe, who cares for his people and brings them salvation
Where do we find it?
not a place, God's rule and reign over people's lives. We can find it in Jesus
What is it like
a tiny mustard seeds. The church is on earth lives. We can find it in Jesus.
Whom did Jesus love?
everyone, but he had a special place in his heart for sinners
With whom did Jesus spend a lot of his time with?
Parable of the lost sheep
that God loves all people, even if you are a sinner
his personal concern for each of his creatures
Children of God
through baptism we have become the adopted sons and daughters of God and brothers and sisters of Jesus
a participation in the very life of God that brings us to an intimate and permanent relationship with the Blessed Trinity.
we are free to reject it as the young man did in the parable of the lost son.
Responsibilities and consequences
we are accountable for our actions. The thing we do and don't do have consequences
Parable of the talents-what is its point?
we are responsible for all the gifts we have been given by God. This means that we will be rewarded or punished according to our actions and the way we used our gifts. The last judgment.
a life forever with the Blessed Trinity. It is the state of supreme happiness in which those who have been faithful to God and his commandments will enjoy the beatific vision, seeing God face-to-face.
is eternal separation from God. It is the just punishment for those who have rejected God.
On whose authority did Jesus teach?
his own, teaching as the Son of God
one parable with a surprise ending
the good Samaritan
two that teach us about God's love
the lost sheep, the prodigal son.