Parables are for Today
Jesus Christ taught his listeners the Truth of our spiritual being through parables. These were stories about people and occupations familiar to all. When one turns the details over in mind, they unlock a door to deeper understanding and identification with the spiritual message.
In the familiar story of the Prodigal Son, the elder brother …was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him. Luke 15:28 From a human perspective it is easy to side with the elder brother. He wanted his younger brother punished, not welcomed home with a big celebration.
There are many spiritual lessons here about unconditional love and forgiveness by the father, Our Father. The elder brother kept his anger and unforgiving attitude and could not accept And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. Luke 15:31
We can observe our own established attitudes (Nona Brooks’ definition of consciousness) and begin to recognize our criticism of others’ behavior. When we turn over in our minds all the faults of others, this crowds out the awareness of our Father’s Presence and through this, our oneness with all. Forgiveness, love, and peace flood our being when we let go of our human perception and are receptive to our spiritual nature: all that I have is thine.
Thank you, loving Father, that your parables reach us today and move us closer to You.