Thought for The Day – Shrove Tuesday 1st March

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A Parable a Day

So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet:

“I will open my mouth in parables,

I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world.”

Matthew 13:35

Do you have a favourite story? My favourite story growing up was ‘The Travels of Magnus Pole’, a story about a Viking from Shetland who gets washed out to sea and travels the world to get back home, loosely inspired by the travels of actual Vikings.

Stories speak to us in a unique way. They can inspire our imagination, allowing us to dream up new worlds. They engage not just our minds but our emotions too. A good story can move us, affect us, even change the way we see the world. And the best stories can stay with us our whole lifetimes.

Perhaps it’s no surprise then that Jesus taught in stories. Throughout his ministry he told parables about sheep and seeds, widows and wineskins, fig trees and feasts. His stories were simple, so simple that crowds of illiterate peasants could understands them. Yet his stories were deep enough that 2000 years later philosophers and theologians are still debating what they mean. For us they are a source of wisdom and challenge, a place where even after years of reading them, we can find new insights.

There are 40 days in Lent, and it just so happens that Jesus told 40 parables (give or take). So for each day of Lent we are going to read a parable, followed by a reflection written by a member of the congregation that shares something what the parable means to them and what it can mean for us today.

If I can make one request, try not to rush the parable as you read it. Read it slowly, maybe twice, and listen to what Jesus has to say. What you find might surprise you.

Prayer: Jesus, we thank you for your parables, the stories you left us. Thank you for the wisdom they can bring, as well as the ways they challenge us. Help us to read them honestly and openly, chewing over the insights they have, and guide us as we try to live out these stories. Amen

Action: Have think about a time you could set aside to read the parables. First thing? Over lunch? Before bed? Try to commit to 10 mins when you can give the parable your full attention.

Oh and don’t forget to make pancakes!

 

This Thought was written by David Moodie

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