Jesus’ parables

Mustard Seeds, Baking Yeast, Ravens and Lilies

by Melannie Svoboda SND on January 21, 2019

One of Jesus’ main methods of teaching was the use of parables. In his parables, Jesus uses the common elements of creation—seeds, birds, trees, flowers, water, soil. He also uses the ordinary activities of everyday life that his listeners would be familiar with: planting, making wine, baking bread, cleaning house, caring for animals, celebrating weddings. […]

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And Jesus Said, “Once Upon a Time…”

by Melannie Svoboda SND on December 14, 2015

When Jesus taught, he didn’t speak in outlines. He didn’t say, “There are four kinds of humility.” Or, “Prayer has three parts.” Or, “Here are ten keys to success.” No, he taught by saying, “Once upon a time.” He said, “Once upon a time there was a man who had two sons…” And “Once upon […]

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