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Helen Schott wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • Why did Jesus speak in parables instead of using a common language. Parables are hard to understand.


  { Why did Jesus speak in parables instead of using a common language? }

Paul replied:

Dear Helen,

One reason could be that Jesus wanted to give us hope about the kingdom of Heaven that He inaugurated, but such a wonderful thing was too far above human language and imagination. Therefore Jesus, speaking in symbols, may have been the best way for us to intellectually grasp a glimpse of what Heaven would be like.



Bob replied:


Jesus spoke in ways that best suited Him getting His message across, and sometimes parables worked very effectively, because people in His time could relate to them very well.

Today, some of His parables are more difficult to understand because the context of the times is gone.

A good Catholic commentary on Scripture can help.


Bob Kirby

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