parables without end


In their original setting, Jesus’ parables often end without ending. [The Good Samaritan] does. What does the lawyer do? We don’t know. It’s up to him. When we read the parables, what will we do? It’s up to us. The story of a parable gets finished on the action end of our lives. The story transforms us or it doesn’t, but we write the ending. The picture is there before us, and Jesus says, “Go and do likewise.”

Habits of the Mind by James W. Sire

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