The other day, I had this conversation with a frustrated IT guy:
…this is pretty basic stuff. Did you even read the instructions?
Well, they didn’t stick did they?
No, not really…
That’s the problem with instructions. Whether they’re incomprehensible, or they’re so generic they could apply to a printer or a bookcase, they don’t stick. We forget them almost as soon as we read them.
In today’s Gospel, someone asks why Jesus speaks in parables. And Jesus’ answer? Not instructions, but something, well, different.
Something to make us think. Something that has more to show us when we read it again.
Kind of like a parable.