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From today’s Gospel from the Mass (Mark 4:1-20), Jesus teaches a large crowd using parables.  An excerpt:

[10] And when he was alone, those who were about him with the twelve asked him concerning the parables. [11] And he said to them, “To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside everything is in parables;  [12] so that they may indeed see but not perceive, and may indeed hear but not understand; lest they should turn again, and be forgiven.”

Why does Jesus teach using parables?  Here’s why:

Whatever Christ says, small or large, one can know that it is the Word of God.  When Christ repeats things or does things multiple times, there is something great to be learned.  Reflecting on the parables can draw us ever deeper into the great and unfathomable depths of Jesus Christ and His Divine Genius.