Readings for the Week ~ June 16

Psalm 92Ezekiel 31:1-142 Corinthians 5:1-10Mark 4:26-34

This week’s Gospel reading includes two of Jesus’ many parables. It’s useful to note that he begins his parable with these words of introduction, “This is what the Kingdom of God is like.” Through parables Jesus seeks to give us a picture of God’s Kingdom. These parables are indirect, strange and function much like poetry. They are works of art revealing something at an angle, indirectly, carefully. Emily Dickinson could very well be referring to the parables of Jesus when she wrote:

Tell all the Truth but tell it slant ­—
Success in Circuit lies
Too bright for our infirm Delight
The Truth’s superb surprise


As Lightening to the Children Eased
With explanation kind
The Truth must dazzle gradually
Or every man be blind —


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