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Parables of Jesus: Parable of the Sower

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Rich man and Lazarus Luke But nowhere is the name we impart to the parable more powerful to affect our construal of it than in the parable of the prodigal son see Lk Unlike the aphoristic parables or even the more extended ones such as the mustard seed see Mk , this one has a complete story line and most of us know its basic outline.

A son sells all his goods and runs away from the family, squandering his precious inheritance in the process. But then, realizing the self-imposed squalor of his condition, he repents, and his overjoyed father runs halfway down the road to meet him.

Jesus Preaches in Parables

The father gives him a great celebratory banquet, delighting that his lost son has now been found. Often left out entirely from reflection is the anger of the elder brother, who thinks he has received nothing for his years of fidelity while his lesser, disobedient sibling is welcomed back to the family on an equal basis.

The parable of the prodigal son, in fact, could be more aptly named the parable of the elder brother.

By far the most famous of the special Lucan parables is that of the good Samaritan. On a surface level, the message of this one is easy to grasp — the true love of neighbor will be shown by the one who actually extends mercy in this case corporal mercy — and not necessarily by the professional religious. He serves as academic dean of the Catholic Distance University.

Parables of Jesus

The Return of the Prodigal Son. Peter Brown. December 10, pm December 10, The Good Shepherd. The Laborers in the Vineyard. There they saw reenactments of the parable and learned what parables were and how Jesus used them as a teaching tool.

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The group also got to play fun group building activities, like Mustard Pictionary, a real-life game of Clue to find Colonel Mustard, and more. In the crafts module, led by Greg McCorkindale and Diane Bayer , Shepherd Groups creatively interpreted the Parable of the Mustard Seed, such as painting small planters that they could grow their own seeds in. They also decorated wooden trees that they could use as a decoration or a gift to tell someone else about the parable they heard over the weekend.

At the end of the weekend, each group received a verse and together planned a presentation of human sculptures.