Parables: Re-Imagine

My granddaughter Isabella has a special ability; she can play and talk with her dolls and toys for endless amounts of time. She has a room in my house where she goes to play. Like Lucy in CS Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, she finds an entrance to her Narnia; I can hear her telling stories to her dolls and toys about Daddy and Mommy, about Wela, and sometimes about Welo (that is me). Eventually she comes out and faces reality. But that imaginary world provides her with great comfort, creativity, and a way to lose steam when circumstances demand it. (It is a shame that social inhibitions instilled in us make us forget the way to the wardrobe).

Nonetheless, I believe that once in a while we too think of a world that is different from the everyday world we know. A world without wars and violence, without fears, without suffering, or death… Have you ever re-imagined the world? What does that world look like? I have good news for you, you are not being childish and you are not losing your mind; you’re not the only adult who has imagined a world that is new and different. That’s exactly what Jesus did through his parables; he re-imagined a new world which he called the kingdom of God (BB Scott).

We can take a peek into that imaginary world through his parables. His parables (short stories about life, God, and human responsibilities) provide a new life context for his followers, a new vision of God’s plan, and consequently a challenge and a call to change and action. Through his parables Jesus is placing a giant mirror in front of his audience so they can see themselves as they truly are; something that could be both very frightening but liberating; challenging and transforming.

I invite you to join us this summer and explore together the re-imagined world of Jesus through His parables and allow him to challenge us as he discloses before us the compelling vision of the kingdom of God. Let us re-imagine!

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