Thursday, March 6, 2008

I've been tagged!

Apparently, Adoro is feeling sorry for me that I wasn't nominated for a blog award, so she had the audacity to tag me for the 'Parable Meme.' (By the way, how does one say 'meme' anyway? Is it one syllable, with a long 'e' sound, or two, sorta like Drew Carey's Arch-nemisis Mimi?)

1. You name your five favorite parables
2. You tag one blogger per parable.
3. It would be nice if you linked back to this post.

Ok, here goes, (does she realize how difficult this is for me?):

1) (not really a parable, but my favorite:) John 21:15-19, the 'Healing of Peter,' even though Peter messes up big time, he is still commissioned as the head of the twelve because he truly does have a heart for Jesus. An inspiration to all priests, to all sinners, really.

2) Matthew 25:31-46, the Parable of Judgement: I hope I'm on his right, and it reminds me to see Christ is the present moment, and respond!

3) Matthew 13:44-46, the Treasure and the Pearl: Don't go half heartedly in discipleship, but give it everything and go for the highest treasure. (Where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.)

4) Matthew 20:1-16, the Laborers in the Vineyard: we all get the same pay: a place at the Altar in Heaven, my job is to bring others to work for the Lord.

5) Luke 11:33-36, the Parable of the Lamp: we have a great treasure in our faith, and it enlightens (or should enlighten) all that we do, do I let that joy that comes from my relationship with Christ shine forth through my words and actions?

ok, so that's done, now I have to tag five folks, hmmm.....

I hate to do this to him, but what the heck: Fr. Fox at Bonfire, he's got a great insight.
Leonardi never does these things, but I'll still tag him.
Jackie is a regular reader and commentator, but doesn't run her own blog (YET!), she can post in the combox (even if she is currently enjoying Europe, well at least if Alitalia decided to find her bag, yet.)
Theophilus has got good insights as well at A Knight's Walk in the Kingdom.
And just because I admire the zeal that converts have and their passion for the faith, Sara at Pur Autre Vie gets the final tag.


UPDATE: Two 'Bonus Tags' go to Meg from Virginia and Gay from The Center of the Known Universe, aka Perry, Florida

5 comments:

adoro said...

Ohhh! Good ones!

And I don't feel "sorry" for you, exactly. That would be condescending. I just think you deserve more recognition because you have some really awesome insights. :-)

Kasia said...

Wikipedia says that "meme" rhymes with "theme". 'Zat help?

(And THANK YOU for not tagging me for this one!!!)

Father Schnippel said...

Kasia,

I almost tagged you for this one, but you lost the coin flip!

Father Schnippel said...

After much haranging and threats of humiliation, Meg from Virginia sent along the following parables:

Father-

I am proud to be tagged in your blog, and more than happy to tell my five favorite parables of Jesus.

The Parable of the Sower: (Matthew 13:1-23)
This parable is a vivid picture of our human response to the truth of God. Some of us reject the Lord, some fall away and some stay ever faithful. This keeps me humble and prayerful to ask the Lord for a heart that will be "fertile soil" to bear much fruit for Him.


The Parable of the Lost Sheep (Matthew 18: 10-14)
We know this story from our earliest memories. Our good shepherd, Jesus leaves the 99 sheep that have not strayed from home to seek the one who has. This speaks of the love our Lord has for us, as unique INDIVIDUALS. Each one is precious in His sight. This speaks to our dignity and to our one-of-a-kind individuality.


The Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:29-37)
How familiar I have been with this parable since my early days in Southern Baptist Sunday School! What a lesson to us on being a charitable neighbor, on being merciful, and that this compassion can come from the most unlikely of persons, too.
Now, as a convert to the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church, I have learned that this parable explains our own salvation. St. Augustine taught that in this parable, the traveling man represents the human race. The robber is the devil who stole from us our "riches" which is our perfect relationship with God. The man is left injured and beaten and nearly dead, just like mankind is weak and unable to heal himself and regain our original relationship with the Lord. The priest and Levite represent the priests and prophets of the Old Covenant who were inadequate to cure our fallen state. At last, the Samaritan represents Jesus, who pours out oil and wine on the wounds and is at last able to heal us. The Church represents the Inn, which continues the healing work of Christ until He returns. WOW! I love how the Church can interpret Scripture, "Rightly dividing the Word of Truth."


The Parable of the Mustard Seed (Luke 13:18-19)

I love this parable which is a portrait of Christ's Church. It started out small, and now gives a home and shelter to the world. A mustard seed is the tiniest of seeds, yet the plant is huge. It also points to the development of the Church. The full grown mustard plant bears no resemblance to the tiny seed it started out as, but it IS the same. The Church in 2008 doesn't look anything like the Church in the Book of Acts, however, it is exactly the same. It has just organically grown!


The Parable of the Lost Son (The Prodigal Son) (Luke 15:11-32)

After converting to the Catholic Church in 2002, this parable took on new and deeper meaning to me. What a loving Father my Lord is, who was watching and waiting for my return, after 12 or 13 generations of being separated. How fully and generously He welcomed me home giving me more than I ever imagined I was doing without.
This parable is encouraging, too, to all those who drift or rebelliously leave the Church. The Father is lovingly waiting for you to return, too.


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gramps said...

Father, enjoy your blog and honor the work you are doing here in Cincinnati. I pray for you and your mission every day.

this is a great post with some wonderful thoughts on it and in following it elsewhere to your tags. It makes one think about all that we love about the lessons our Lord left for us. It reminded me of a priest I miss every day, Father Jim Willig. When I joined his parish at Sts Peter and Paul, he asked me to do something very similar. although I miss him, I talk with him each day.