I’m a visual learner. I also love to spot poetry in everyday situations, objects and people. So, when me and my wife were asked to give a talk on symbols and allegories in the gospel (past and present), a flood of thoughts came into my mind.
My wife on the other hand admitted that she often grows tired of the stories presented to represent profound gospel teachings. “Just say it!” she exclaims. She does love a good story (preferably fiction) and even some poetry (her favorite is 19 Varieties of Gazelle by Naomi Shihab Nye) but usually its the straight forward/say it like it is kind.
So I think we’ll be fine for this Sunday but was wondering what the readers of 9M thought about the use of symbols and allegory in the gospel. Did Christ teach in parables just so we would have something to talk about for the next few thousand years – or is it simply because we forget too easily the constant mercies of God and his Son? Are you like my wife – tired of the poetic mumbo jumbo?