Stories

Dear Parishioners,

Storytelling has been popular ever since human beings learned to put words together to form sentences. Few ancient people were able to read or write. Whenever they wanted to teach something important, they made up a story about it. This made the teaching not only easy to learn but easy to remember.

Jesus probably told more stories than most people. His stories are called parables. Today’s parable of the vineyard owner is a good example of this. Jesus directed it primarily to the religious leaders of Israel.

This parable teaches us that God is patient with us, but we will still be held accountable on the last day. In the parable, the vineyard owner made three efforts to get the tenant farmers to change their ways. God our Father is also patient with us. By turning away from sin and following God’s Will, we prepare ourselves for the day of judgment and the gift of eternal life.

I’d like to close with a prayerful thought by paraphrasing lyrics of a song written years ago by Richard Wilson:

 

Jesus was the storytelling kind,

He painted pictures in the mind.

It was how He showed people,

like you and me,

the way things were supposed to be.

 

He used the sky.

He used the sea.

He used the birds.

He used the tree.

He used whatever He could see.

 

Storytelling?

Yes, Jesus was the storytelling kind.

He painted pictures in the mind.

It was the way He showed people,

like you and me,

the way things were supposed to be.

 

Sincerely in Christ,

Father Dominick