Your Favorite Parable

What is your favorite parable, and why?

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16 Responses to “Your Favorite Parable”

  1. Cheryl Schalk Says:

    My favorite parable is The Prodigal Son. Jesus reveals how deep is the mercy of God. God can be as merciful as God wants and he is more than merciful. He restores his son to full status as a child of the household. The son is so bold as to ask for his inheritance before his due and the father grants his wish. I think its interesting that his love for his is evident by the fact that he grants this request. He has no duty to do so, but he does. And we ask why? What will the son. who has already revealed his character do with his father’s money. The son is even selfish enough to say why should he wait until his father’s death. He has no reason to trust him. The reveals more character flaws by wasting the money on worldly pleasures, which is a total waste of money and he ends up destitue, totally without resources. He even envies the pigs the food they eat. He has his wake up call and realizes that he has lost everything and he decides to ask his father to take him on as a hired hand. At least he would have food to eat. He returns. The father sees him a long way off, runs to meet him, puts shoes on his feet, a ring on his finger and prepares a feast. All these are signs of restoration. His father is giving him his inheritance that he had lost – status as a son, not a hired hand. He restores the relationship with a mercy that is unfathomable. All was lost to both of them and repentance and mercy restores them both to their rightful place as father and son. The brother is jealous and the father understands and restores that relationship also. Is it possible for such mercy to actually exist and where can we find it? It exists in our heavenly Father and his oceans of mercy for he can see us and is waiting for our return, no matter the circumstances. Have we insulted God, turned away, wasted our birthright? We need to reflect on the mistakes of the son and ask to return. We can be confident that God’s mercy is real.

  2. Maureen Says:

    Woman at the well with Jesus is my favorite.

    It is never too late to change your ways and use your power for good.

  3. Kate Says:

    The prodigal son-I have to remind myself constantly that we are all the prodigal son!

  4. ivy Says:

    My favorite parable is about the 3 measures of talents. I am the 2nd one with less than the first guy but more than the 3rd guy. As a child I never was really really good at any one thing, but was just “okay” at a lot of things. This parable gave me perspective about using the time, talent, and treasure that I have been given to make it grow into more. I can always find someone with more talent and someone with less talent to make me feel intimidated or complacent. But no, I was made for a special purpose; no one else was created to be exactly me. That is my talent to discover, nurture and multiply so that God may be revealed through me-uniquely me!

  5. Tom Says:

    The Prodigal Son is my favorite. When I was 18 I left home and The Church. But, Jesus, and His Church, never left me. When it was time, they both welcomed me back with open arms.

  6. Joe Fiala Says:

    The woman at the well with Jesus gets my vote. Jesus really stretches the minds and hearts of his discipels by breaking social rules — talks to a woman, talks about worship outside of Jerusalem, and uses the sinful woman to bring many to conversion and belief.

  7. Tony Fadale Says:

    My favorite parable is the story of the vineyard owner who hires workers all day but pays every worker the same, no mater when in the work day he/she was hired. That is the type of justice Jesus asks us to practice. We shouldn’t always make the bottom line of a balance sheet the only measure of what is just. We shouldn’t make social service programs for the marginalized (e.g., immigrants, afforable housing, education and health care) the first to be reduced or put on the back burner when a goverment, state or federal, or businesses face a economic down turn.

  8. Rosemary Says:

    My mother used to say: “What a woman wants,God wants..”

  9. Phil Soucheray Says:

    I think I have to agree that my favorite parable is The Prodigal Son. I have had opportunities to see myself in the role of each of the three characters in the story and to realize that the opportunity for love and reconciliation is something in which all play a part. That said, I find Jesus’ teaching — “Love God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength and your neighbor as yourself” — the singular thing I meditate on in trying to strive for humble and true communion.

  10. Michelle Dugan Says:

    I agree with Tony Fadale: the workers in the vineyard. As a teacher in a K-8 Catholic school, I refer to that parable when students whine, “That’s not fair!” What a wonderful thing to transcend our human tit-for-tat and to respond with generosity to every need! Whether or not someone “earns” it, we can give our love freely when Jesus is our model.

  11. Mary Margaret Flynn Says:

    The paying all the laborers the same, from first to last hired. Always think what terribly hard work it must be to wait in front of Home Depot, with your wife and children back home, hoping to be picked up for work. So glad when I was younger I always had employment. What a tough time now for so many who are unemployed.

  12. Cynlorene Says:

    I think all of the parables are special and have important messages for everyone. The Prodigal Son seems to be a favorite for many as it demonstrates God’s mercy so eloquently. As so many have pointed out, we are all examples of the Prodigal Son. When times get tough, or we lose sight of our faith in the Lord, God is always waiting for us with open arms and unconditional love. Forgiveness and mercy are the cornerstones of our faith in God, and Jesus’ sacrafice on the cross demonstrates that.

  13. Barbara Says:

    I have many favorites: today’s favorite is the parable of the sower; Luke 8:4-15.
    “A sower went out to sow his seed. As he sowed, some fell on the path…some fell on rock…some fell among thorns…and some fell on good soil..producing a hundredfold.” I guess this space is small so you’ll have to go and read it in full text. But for me, there are moments in my life where the seed fell on the path, and then on rock and then among thorns, and of course, God is waiting for my heart to be the ‘good earth, the good soil’ so that his word is able to take root in my heart which has come to realize that there is no going back to rock or thorns. I cherish his work and his people and his word and I’m clinging onto this. This parable allowed me to have hope, to move closer to God by helping him cultivate my heart, by helping him clear the field (confession)so that his word might take root and produce his fruit for his purpose.

  14. Barbara Says:

    My favorite parable of the hour:
    The Vine and the Branches; John 15:1-8.
    “I am the true vine and my Father is the vine grower. He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit, and everyone that does, he prunes so that it bears more fruit. You are already pruned because of the word that I spoke to you. Remain in me, as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me, you can do nothing..”.
    There is more, but here is enough of a taste of the parable from the Gospel of John.
    This is my favorite this hour because, the intimacy that Jesus wants to have with us, longs to have with us is very real. We only need to say ‘yes, Lord I want this too,” and he will show us the way.

  15. JC Says:

    The Good Samaritan is one of my favorites. We should always help our fellow human beings, friends and strangers, for Jesus instructed us to love one another.

  16. K. Jude Sekar Says:

    I came across this site rather late, and my apologies for the delay in joining in with my comment. Many are my favorites among the parables, including those already mentioned by others.
    One that has not been mentioned is the parable of the rich man and Lazarus. What was the rich man’s crime to deserve eternal damnation?? Self-satisfaction and utter disregard for poor Lazarus, who with all his dog-licked wounds had to live on the fallen crumbs from his table. And God wasn’t prepared to listen to the damned rich man’s request to send Lazarus back to warn his brothers on earth. Why? If they don’t listen to Moses and the prophets would they listen to poor Lazarus risen from the grave?
    This is the crux of the parable: “Listen to the Risen Lord and be saved. Have a heart for the Lazaruses you see in your world lest you go to Hell.”

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