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Trinity News : April 2008
TRINITY NEWS 27 Again Jesus said, “What shall we say the Kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? It is like a mustard seed … it is like a farmer who went out to plant seed … it is like the rich fool … it is like the Good Samaritan.” In Christian Studies, we have been investigating the meaning behind the parables that Jesus taught. A parable is a story about the kingdom of God with a hidden meaning. Naturally, the boys asked, “If Jesus wants us to know about God’s kingdom, why does he use stories that are hard to understand? Sowers? Mustard seeds? Tenants?” The answer is simple: Jesus spoke in parables so that we would think carefully for ourselves and respond to his teaching in the most appropriate way. Unlike stories told with a “moral” attached, for example the tortoise and the hare, parables invoke not only a response of faith in Jesus but also the need for suitable action from the listener. Boys in Year 5 worked at producing a parable in the form of a cartoon strip and re?ecting on what the parable means and how we can follow Jesus’ teaching in our lives today. Stuart Smith | Assistant Chaplain Preparatory School The Kingdom of Heaven is like... Michael Duong (5R) Matthew Price (5H) Daniel Rizk (5B) Callum Willott (5H) Matthew Kuo (5B) James Vernier (5B)