The Power of Story

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Today’s Gospel reading is from Matthew 13. Matthew 13 is often called “The Parable Chapter.” This chapter is loaded with parables of Jesus, and we’ll hear all of them from this chapter over the course of the next three weeks.

In today’s reading, the disciples ask Jesus, “Why do you speak to them in parables.” Jesus’ answer is telling. “Because knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven has been granted to you, but to them it has not been granted. This is why I speak to them in parables, because they look but do not see and hear but do not listen or understand.” In other words, they needed stories to help them understand a much bigger picture, which they were not yet ready for.

I believe the same is true today. Many people are not ready or willing to hear and accept the truth. They’re still spiritually children. Stories can help break through. I believe that one of the most effective ways to share the truth is by telling our own stories. Now, they may not qualify as parables, but when we share our stories from the heart, people will be much more inclined to listen.

Father, teach us to share your love by sharing ourselves – our stories. May we help to open hearts to you. Amen.

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