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Chapter 5

Believing the
Good News of
the Kingdom

Go and tell John what


you have seen and
heard: the blind
regain their sight,
the lame walk, lepers
are cleansed, the
deaf hear, the dead
are raised, the poor
have the good news
proclaimed to them.

- Lk 7:22

Once upon
a time . . .
loves to
listen
toto read
loves
stories

Stories not only


entertain but often teach
important lessons too. A
story becomes more
meaningful if we can
personally relate to the
events in it or identify
with one of the

It also happened to me
I was also like that.
I felt that way too.

Parable
comes from the Greek
word
Parabole which means
comparison and analogy.

is a comparison drawn from


the nature or from human life
and told as a story to embody
or evoke some moral or
religious insight.

What is it all about?

Jesus is telling us that you must change you

For example, the first son basically says no t


but does it anyway
the second says yes but does not do it
your actions speak louder than words

What is the purpose of


Parables

to help us develop ears to hear so we c


understand how Jesus parables apply to u
- Mt 13:9

Searching for
the
Good News in
the
Parables

Types of Parables

1. Parables that described the


King, God his nature, his
qualities, and his attitudes in
dealing with people:
Lost Sheep (Lk 15: 4-7)

The Lost Coin (Lk 15: 8-10)

The Lost Son (Lk 15: 11-32)

The Workers in the Vineyard


(Mt 20: 1-16)

2. Parables that emphasize


the kind of response needed
to
enter
the Kingdom:
The
Pharasee
and the Tax Collector
(Lk 18:9-14)

One proud, one humble

A Tax Collector is also known


publican.
as

belonged to the most despised group


of men in Palestine

Knew that he was a sinner

O God,
be
merciful
to me a
sinner

God, I
thank you
that I am not
like other
men
robbers,
evildoers,
adulterers,
or even like
this tax
collector.

The Tax Collector


O
God,
be
merci
ful to
me a
sinne
r

The Pharisee

God, I
thank you
that I am
not like
other men
robbers,
evildoers,
adulterers,
or even like
this tax
collector.

The Rich Fool (Lk 12: 1621)

The Talents (Mt 25: 14-30)

3. Parables that deal with our relatio


with other people:
Unforgiving Servant
(Mt 18: 23-35)

The Good Samaritan (Lk 10: 2937)

4. Parables that refer to the future c


the Kingdom:
The Wedding Banquet
(Mt 22: 1-14)

The Ten Virgins (Mt 25:1-13)

The Weeds among the Wheat


(Mt 13: 24-30)

The Good
News
Themes in the
Parables

Gods loving mercy is at the


heart of the Good News.
Jesus reveals that Abba
God is
Aramaic Word and term of
endearment for

Father

God loves us with his infinite divine love

Unconditional Love
The Parables:

The Lost Sheep,


The Lost Coin,
The Lost Son.

Forgiving Love

clearly point to this love

Everyone is called to enter the


Kingdom

The coming of the Kingdom was prefigu


Yahwehs covenant with children of Isra
The Wedding Feast
(Mt 22:1-14)

The Fish Net


(Mt 13: 47-50)

The Kingdom is a free gift for the people of all

The Kingdom demands


repentance from us
Jesus proclaimed the Kingdom of God,
he challenged the people
to repent and believe in the gospel

The parables challenge us to change our


old ways and stop living selfishly and
reacting
bitterly towards others.
Jesus imparts
this message in his parables of t
andThe Pharisee and Tax Co
Unforgiving Servant

The Good News demands


persevering response
We do not know when God will demand
this accounting of our lives,
so we should always be ready.

The Wedding Feast


The Ten Virgins

Rejoice and be hopeful

Jesus reveals to us Gods goodness, generosit


forgiveness, love, and offer of salvation.

Those who accept Gods message will have fo


hidden treasure.
There is much suffering and evil in our world
and there are forces working against Gods p
The Weeds among the Wheat
The Mustard Seed

Seeing the
Power
and
Goodness of
Jesus
in his
Miracles

Miracle
kababalaghan or himala.
simply a manisfestation of Gods
presence and power.

New Testament
Greek Word
teras

Miracles of Jesus
marvel

dynamis

power

semeion

sign

Teras means marvel


Jesus miracles were acts that made people

Dynamis means power


It refers to an act that manifest extraordina
Jesus act of making the blind see, the lame
and the deaf