Okay, I have been tagged by Stevie to participate in a Parable Meme. It pretty cool. Here's what you do, you list your 5 favorite parables and then tag a person for each one.
#1 Parable of the Lost Sheep. I love thinking of Jesus running around on a dark, windy, rainy night looking for his 1 lost sheep. It makes me realize that I am always important to Him. He will always come to find me...or any of us who are lost. It is very comforting.
#2 Parable of Talents. This is the one that ends that to he who is given little, little is expected and to him who is given much, much is expected. It makes complete sense that the more I learn and grow in my faith, the more I will be called to give of myself. A perfect example for me is: when I realized and understood the teachings of the Church on artificial contraception, there was NO WAY I could go back. God revealed to me 'much' and the 'much' that was required to me was NOT to turn a blind eye to that teaching, but to follow it with loving obedience.
#3 Parable of the Pearl of Great Price. This is the one where the person goes out and sells everything they have in order to purchase a pearl of immeasurable value. It says to me that no matter the cost, my Catholic faith & Church, which I left a whole familial history behind for, is priceless. I need to hold on to that no matter what.
#4 Parable of the Scattered Seeds. This is the one where the seeds get scattered and some never make it to the soil and die, some land in shallow soil and don't live long, others get choked by weeds, and the last make it on fertile soil and grow and bear fruit. This parable is true in two ways for me. 1) That at different times in my life I can be all 4 seeds. Ultimately, I am shooting to be a seed in fertile soil at all times. 2) That when I am the farmer scattering the seed, I need to be very cognizant of where I am throwing the seed (gospel). I need to make sure that I tend to any 'gospel' I plant in another soul.
#5 Parable of the Prodigal Son. C'mon, how obvious is this one for a Catholic convert. Here is the sacrament of confession all wrapped up in a tidy package. He loves me, He is always waiting for me to come home, He is always forgiving and full of love. Doesn't get better than that!
1) My Hunny, Robert
2) My across-the-pond pal, Maggie
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