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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

God's providence

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

Sanctifying Grace

a participation in the very life of God that brings us to an intimate and permanent relationship with the Blessed Trinity.

Our response

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.

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