Church As Parable

What if the Church were understood as “parable?” Often our reflection here is prior to our Sunday worship gathering. This week we offer a reflection in the “aftermath” of the Matthew 13 passage for yesterday (7/10).

Jesus replied to the disciples’ question about his teaching method by referring to a passage in the Hebrew Scriptures. Our reading often sets us up to view it as “we get it, you don’t.” However, a careful reading of the disciples journey from Matthew 13 on into the book of Acts reveals more a “we are getting it” than “we got it.”

We are left then to consider the method of Jesus teaching – parables – as more of a provocation than indictment. Questions raised by Jesus’ teaching defied traditional interpretation. Certainly those who received the “seed sown” were at very different places upon hearing the “Good News.” We find this in Jesus’ “explanation.” But, what about the role of parable?

If the “Church” today is the “Body” intended to carry on in its “being” the mission of Jesus as he did in his “body,” then sowing the seed may be much like living a parable. Were the Church to understand herself as a means to create questions where the answers were grace and goodness in a world expecting everything but goodness and grace, then there may be the kind of provocation evoked by Jesus in his day in our own.

We would then move to identify with the parable as one of abundant grace. The church would stop fixating on money as a means and find its way of life together as a means to convey grace and goodness in the Name of Jesus. Hey “Church,” how about living together as parable?

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One way to think about the mission of Jesus - He calls into question the way things are and points to the way things may be in the Kingdom of God. 

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