June 18, 2015 (Mark 4:26-34)

The blog is BAAACK!

I received an e-mail essentially asking that I give a view of last Sunday’s Gospel. So, I’ll use the next few blogs to give an expanded discussion of this gospel.

What Mark does in Chapter 4 of his gospel is present a number of parables of Jesus in one spot. What are parables? They are stories that act like a “simile,” a comparison. “The Kingdom of God,” “or the Reign of God” is like… Jesus is not describing a place but “how God is or does things.” In other words, how would the world be like if God is totally in charge of life, like we say in the Our Father, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done.” Besides, telling us what God is like, it also tells us what God is different from.
“fill in the blank.” In terms of this gospel excerpt, how is God like and not like how seeds grow and how God is like or not like a mustard seed plant? Matthew in his gospel, likes to have Jesus turn the parables into an allegory: a story where there is a one for one correspondence, thus, only one meaning to the parable. Remember: the sower and the seed parable (allegory). Mark says that Jesus taught His disciples in private. So, in a sense there is a meaning that is explained to the disciples in private. But,to the outsiders “everything is in parables.” So, I’ll give “an explanation” of the two parables in the next two blogs.

(To be continued…)

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