Praying with Jesus’ Parables: What is Lost?

Yesterday was the first session of the Lent Reflection Series I am offering at the University of St. Thomas School of Law this season.

As a consequence of a couple of books I read this past summer, I decided to focus this year’s series on Praying With Jesus’ Parables.  Precisely because parables are meant to challenge us, they seemed a good focus for the Lenten season.  In each of our six weeks, we will focus on one or more of Jesus’ parables; during our weekly in our gatherings I will offer a reflection on that parables for that week and give participants some time to share their prayer experience during the week.

In our first session, I gave a general introduction to parables and then focused on the three parables in chapter 15 of Luke’s Gospel: the parables of the lost sheep, lose coin and the Prodigal Son.  I ended with a few words about the participant’s prayer this coming week and a reminder that we are not looking to find a single meaning of a parable, but rather to enter into its mystery to see what it is that God wants to reveal to us.

You can access a recording of my talk here or stream it from the icon below. (The podcast runs for 29:41.) You can find a copy of the prayer materials I distributed to participants here.