February 3: Parable of the Good Samaritan
Today’s story was the Parable of the Good Samaritan. Parables are the closest thing we have to the actual words of Jesus. In our time together today, we heard the story and wondered why a Samaritan man (whose people who distrusted and disliked the Jews) would stop and help an injured Jewish man.
February 10: Parable of the Great Pearl
This is another story Jesus told about what the kingdom of heaven is like. Jesus tells about a pearl merchant as he searches for “the Great Pearl”. When he finds it, the merchant exchanges all that he possesses in order to have “the Great Pearl”. In this way we learn that we need to be willing to exchange everything earthly to gain everything heavenly.
February 17: Parable of the Mustard Seed
We hear the Parable of the Mustard Seed today. Mustard seeds are very tiny seeds! Yet from these tiny seeds a plant can grow large enough to give great service. Just think of the great power contained in that tiny seed of faith!
February 24: Parable of the Sower
Many people think they understand this parable. If you put seeds in good soil they grow, right? Thorny soil is problematic, rocky soil is nearly impossible and tossing the seeds on top of the soil make seeds into bird food! Jesus reminds us in the telling of this parable that seeds “can” grow anywhere. What is the seed he is talking about and what is the soil? Does this mean that good soil is not important? We will ponder this meaning.