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Provocative Parables of Jesus

Last week’s lesson on our Provocative Parable series is commonly referred to as the Wicked Husbandman.  Today he might be called a share cropper meaning he took care of a piece of land and for his efforts kept an agreed amount of the harvest.  As the parables are read it is easy to forget they are not to be taken literally, but are stories that have an inner meaning, yet in this case, Jesus spoke of a circumstance that many of His hearers could remember as something that actually happened.  Metaphysically the owner of the land is us as we make choices that “plant” dreams and goals in the “field” of consciousness.  Ideally we remember what we are doing and accomplish this activity with insight and care thereby bringing forth a harvest that is productive and one that enhances our spiritual focus.  In the story the owner left the field, meaning he didn’t keep watchfulness over the status of what might need oversight.  Whenever we do this, and then make a half-hearted effort to insure that our thought-input into goals, dreams and plans, things usually do not find the fulfillment we desire.  The story is a reminder that once we make the specific choice to be centered within a specific goal to be watchful and protective of the new goals as previous tendencies might creep in.  Plan, dream and desire deeply and then guard these choices until they become a natural way of living our life.

Lost or Misplaced?

Last week’s lesson in our series of the Provocative Parables of Jesus centered on the lost coin, the lost sheep and the lost son. Each has a metaphysical equivalent within us and therefore is as applicable as we might choose them to be.  The sheep might can be thought of as the natural life forces that bring us wellness; the coin can be thought of as potential substance to fulfill daily requirements, and the son (as in the Prodigal) our conscious spiritual focus.  An affirmation  was shared that stated, “Nothing is lost in the Kingdom.  I affirm that which is mine by divine right will be returned or its equivalent.”

That is the thought for this sharing – suggest we refrain from the oft stated affirmation about something that is lost in our life.  Remember, a statement becomes an affirmation as we speak something that has our energy-agreement behind it, and will draw more of the same to us.  Be something appearing to be missing in our life – our abundance, our wellness or our spiritual focus, no longer speak the affirmation that affirms the absence of these things.  “What then can I say?”  Perhaps nothing might be better than giving more and more energy to something that might be lost and hence irrecoverable .  If something must be outwardly said or shared, “misplaced” might very well a good alternative. “Lost” carries an Energy akin to no longer being able to even be re-discovered.  “Misplaced” carries with it an Energy that is at least optimistic for a reunification with spiritual potential (the son), abundance (coin), or wellness (sheep.)  Remember, Jesus was using Parables as they represented about as close that He could without saying to His listeners, “I have a metaphysical message I want to share.”  That word wasn’t in their vocabulary.  But, because common things and events were grist for His parables, they would stick and the seed idea was planted.

Provocative Parables

“The mustard seed is a statement of what always is.  The leaven is what we must do with it.”

The above quote was from last Sunday’s lesson as we continue with our Provocative Parables series as the Parables of the mustard seed and the leaven were the two around which the lesson was based.  In the Gospel of Luke the two parables are shared in what appears to be in the same few moments of time, the Leaven immediately following the Mustard seed.  The Mustard seed metaphysically represents the spark of our God-identity that is always and forever within us.  The man in the Parable represents the intellect within each, and once this God-identity becomes logical it is “planted” in the field of consciousness and it grows into a place where the “birds of the air” (metaphysically the God-ideas that now are consciously acknowledged enhance the process of our knowing more and more the logic behind our God-identity.  Then we have to do something with it, for it is our nature to give form and shape to this Energy as we dream, desire and plan.  The seed becomes the grain and the grain then becomes the dough that when leavened can rise and fulfill the tangible shape that dream, desire and plan have launched.  Now we have the woman as the prime character in the Parable, and a female metaphysically is the emotional or feeling nature within each.  Now the Parable is telling us to learn to be guided by our gut feelings as we explore the various outcomes from dream, desire and plan.  If it feels good to move forward, and if it doesn’t to change course as we continue to create our own experiences in this journey of life.

Watchfulness

“The 5 wise and 5 foolish virgins spoken to are reminders of how important our senses are and how we must be aware of what we are accepting as real and true.”

Last Sunday’s lesson was number seven in our series on the Provocative Parables of Jesus, and it was the 5 wise and 5 foolish virgins and the bridegroom’s celebration of the wedding.  I is often taught in a scary way that speaks to the end of the world and how many will be locked out because they didn’t manage their situation and ran out of oil.  That was negated early in the lesson and the focus was upon the metaphysics of the event.  The Kingdom or eternal celebration of the marriage between thought and feeling is always being held within us, and the five foolish virgins represent input from our five senses that indeed we will eventually learn to not admit into the workings of our lives.  If we believe everything our senses are subjected to and import them into consciousness as a Truth or Belief, then confusion reigns.  The Parable is telling us to keep our oil plentiful (senses fed with a direction that will benefit us) and we will always be more consciousness of this internal celebration that is constantly taking place.

Seeking Who and What We Really Are

“Seek first the Kingdom of God and all of these things shall be added to you.” – Luke 12:31

Last week’s lesson in our series of the Provocative Parables of Jesus is usually captioned The Rich Fool and it tells the story of a man who had too many crops so as to make the decision to build a larger barn and then rest on his laurels.  The parable then tells of God “saying” to him that that night he was going to die and where would all his crops go then.  We are learning that all the teachings of Jesus through parable are metaphysical tools – none to be taken literally.  It is a reminder to keep our focus on where and what our Source is – when we focus on just the outer experience of stuff and more stuff and forget to add the spiritual component to our lives, nothing flows as it should.  When we keep a spiritual focus, in conjunction with achieving what is our choice to achieve, things move evenly and smoothly.  It isn’t wrong to have stuff or to dream, plan and desire.  It is just a reminder that once things (stuff) are gained, then can seem hollow without knowing their Source which always then is the frosting if not the substance of everything as well.  The Parable speaks to the inheritance we leave.  It is always to our own self…it is consciousness and it then builds our tomorrows.

The Scripture reference last week ended with the 32nd verse that contains it all, “…your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom.”  Not a future or past tense…a present tense.  It is always “given” to us for we are the Kingdom and It is us.  Ours is to keep the spiritual component in our seeking and things work out the better.  You are a spiritual being…you live in a spiritual universe…you are governed by spiritual law…unless…another choice is temporarily made.