Today's Lectionary Text
And he said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; for a friend of mine has arrived, and I have nothing to set before him.’ And he answers from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been locked, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, at least because of his persistence he will get up and give him whatever he needs.
“So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for a fish, will give a snake instead of a fish? Or if the child asks for an egg, will give a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
“We are all stories in the end, just make it a good one.” Doctor Who
Storytelling is an ancient art form. Humans have always tried to explain the phenomenon of this world through stories. I find it fascinating that the old English fairy tales we know today have counterparts in cultures all over the world. There are versions of Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Snow White, etc., in almost every culture, country or tradition. Small details may change and shift, but the underlying message is still the same.
So, give that it doesn’t surprise me that Jesus spoke and taught in parables. He instinctively or divinely knew the best way to get people to pay attention, listen and absorb the lesson was through storytelling. Then humans, being human, play the storytelling game of telephone and we get slightly different versions of the stories written in the gospel. Wouldn’t it have been simpler if Jesus just wrote all these things down? Then we would know what He said, right?
I think it’s more telling that Jesus told stories and we read them through each of the writers’ different filters. We get different perspectives from each of the gospels and even some different information. Together they give us a more complete story. Through the filters they become more human and more relatable. Does that remind you of anyone?
Jesus and his stories go hand in hand. They are both the divine made relatable and the holy mystery human.
God sent his son to come down to tell His story that we might learn, grow and go out to our communities to live and share the stories to those we encounter every day.
How will you share His story today?
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Prayer for Reflection
Heavenly Father, thank you for sending your son to tell Your story. Help us to share that story with others and live a life worthy of his sacrifice.
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