Sunday, September 11, 2022

Why did Jesus speak in Parables?

 The power of story-telling in evangelization

In this Sunday’s Gospel Reading at Mass, Jesus shared three parables: the lost sheep, the lost coin and the prodigal son. Most of us are familiar with these stories without even needing to read them again. Why did Jesus use so many parables in His teachings?

I can think of a few reasons:

  • Stories are easy to remember.
  • Stories are universal and non-threatening.
  • Stories are relatable and provide context to a message.
  • Stories allow one to discover the message by oneself.
  • Stories may be retold in many ways while preserving the message.

These are just a few good reasons to use parables, stories and testimonies in our evangelization efforts. They are especially great for children!

Here is a fun resource to tell Jesus’ parables to kids with multiple printable template. It is great for Homeschooling, Sunday Schools and Children’s Liturgy:

Happy Saints Parables eBook 

It is available at