Friday, May 31, 2019

The reasons for the story

After Luke 19:11-27

He told a story, a parable,
and for two reasons, it says
plainly, stated explicitly,
unusually, as if the reasons
were part of the story,
the parable

Because he was near to Jerusalem
Because they believed the kingdom
   was imminent

The story, overall, was arcing
to this point, events converging,
timings coinciding, and as
they near the city a sense
of crisis, of the climax arriving,
ready to burst open upon the world.

And it was, but it wasn’t,
it wasn’t the climax
they expected.
So he told a story instead,
a parable.

Photograph by Clint McCoy via Unsplash. Used with permission.

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