It took a year to read the Bible, then almost 9 months to read the Apocrypha. Now, I'm going to try to offer reflections on the Narrative Lectionary. But, I won't be posting daily--at least, for a while.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Who Can Understand Parables, a Reflection on Mark 4:1-20

Jesus was teaching a large crowd. He told them the parable of the soils: You can plant the same kind of seeds in different soils and get different results. Later, in a private setting, he explained that only those close to him were given the secret of the Kingdom and that the rest would get only parables.

He told them the reason for this was otherwise they might turn their lives around and be forgiven. What are we supposed to think about this explanation. What's the downside of forgiveness?

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