After an off week for the Law School’s spring break last week, today was the fifth session of the Lent Reflection Series I am offering at the University of St. Thomas School of Law on the theme Praying with Jesus’ Parables. Our subjects this week were the parables of the Talents and of the Sower.
I shared some possible ways of thinking about each of the two parables with the participants, again reminding them that what we are seeking here is not a definitive “meaning” of the parables. Rather we are trying to open ourselves to what God wants to reveal to each of us at this time.
That is especially important when we are talking about parables we have all heard thousands of times. It is easy to hear the first line or two and think, “Oh, I know that one.” We want to be open for new ways of understanding them. And, as with all parables, we don’t want to be content with the “easy” reading that may not present the challenge we need.
You can access a recording of my talk here or stream it from the icon below. (The podcast runs for 23:26) You can find a copy of the prayer materials I distributed to participants here.
I was glad you mentioned Sr. Barbara Reid’s interpretation of the talents parable. I like it best. But, your point is well taken, how we need to be open to new meanings. That’s why God’s word is a living word. (and so is She).