There’s no “I” in Parable?

About a month or so ago, I had a lengthy and very educational conversation about parables with a dear friend.  We agreed they were a critical teaching tool used by Christ throughout the New Testament. However, we spent a lot of time discussing why He used them, who the audience was at the time He used them, if they were meant to not be heard by those with hardened hearts, and if they were an earthly story with a spiritual truth. I’ll save those questions for another post, instead, I’d like to look at the parable from a slightly different angle.

Whenever I hear a parable in the gospel, for some reason, I try to find my role. I have a tendency to ask “who am I in this parable”. As an example, a few years ago my daughter, through a religion project at school, was asked how a Protestant views the parables versus how a Catholic views them. So I called one of my friends, who happens to be a convert, and he had a simple and very effective example that was incredibly enlightening. Let me try it on you: Continue reading “There’s no “I” in Parable?”

14: Faith Through Adversity Podcast – The Noah Wilson Story

The Noah Wilson Story

Most of you have heard of Noah’s Bandage Project. Some have been blessed to meet Noah and the Wilson family. However, there’s probably very few who’ve heard the whole story of how this 6 year old boy contracted, fought and beat cancer all the while never losing his faith. He is a inspiration and a miracle. We were blessed to have Noah’s father, Scott Wilson, record with us to tell us the single greatest story you might ever here.

 

Forgiveness and The Lord’s Prayer

I’m Italian, so forgiveness is not my strong suit. You wanna be force fed some pasta, regardless of when your last meal was, I’m your man!

In the book of Matthew there’s a passage (MT 18: 21-35) that discusses a story about a King who, through mercy, decides to forgive a debt owed to him by one of his servants. Yet later in the story, that same servant is confronted by someone else who owes him a debt. Unlike the King, the servant is unwilling to forgive the debt and orders the person to be thrown into prison.

As I blame my ancestry on my inability to forgive sin, I wonder how many of us are in the same boat. Do you ask for forgiveness while not being able to grant it, like the servant in Matthew? As I thought about the story from Matthew and God’s message about how our forgiveness is tied to that of God’s forgiveness,  I’m reminded of my failings every time I say The Lord’s Prayer (one line in particular). This led to me wonder how well I know all the versus of The Lord’s Prayer. Below is an outline of The Lord’s Prayer from Ruth Ann a Professed Lay Carmelite. Continue reading “Forgiveness and The Lord’s Prayer”

Strength in Numbers

Goodfellas -1990

“For where two or three are gathered together in my name,
there am I in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18)

Hopefully the image is easily recognized from the classic mafia movie Goodfellas. Although the families in such movies (i.e. Corleone family in The Godfather) are usually Roman Catholic, there’s not much they do together where you picture Christ being “in the midst of them”. However, that’s not the reason I decided to use that image. Continue reading “Strength in Numbers”