With Many Such Parables

Jesus said to the crowds:
“This is how it is with the Kingdom of God;
it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land
and would sleep and rise night and day
and the seed would sprout and grow,
he knows not how.
Of its own accord the land yields fruit,
first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.
And when the grain is ripe, he wields the sickle at once,
for the harvest has come.”

He said,
“To what shall we compare the Kingdom of God,
or what parable can we use for it?
It is like a mustard seed that, when it is sown in the ground,
is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth.
But once it is sown, it springs up and becomes the largest of plants
and puts forth large branches,
so that the birds of the sky can dwell in its shade.”
With many such parables
he spoke the word to them as they were able to understand it.
Without parables he did not speak to them,
but to his own disciples he explained everything in private. (Mark 4: 26-34)

“Without parables, he did not speak to them.” The parables Jesus spoke were mostly from the natural world, if we read Mark right. Is that how we should speak to the crowds today, from the world of nature?

2 thoughts on “With Many Such Parables

  1. cenaclemary12

    I say yes!
    Eastward, unfraid I go,
    Rising rays of sun shine.
    As a tiny mustard seed,
    Grows surprisingly,
    I soak the rays of light,
    I absorb the flow of grace.
    In God’s garden of love,
    Each one has a special place.


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