Inspire us, O Lord, to want to gather around Jesus to hear what he has to teach us.
At the same time, prepare us, O Lord, to deal with the fact that we will not always get straightforward, simple to understand, step by step instructions from him.
Parables, after all, are designed to draw us in, to make us part of the story, and to force us to make a decision.
Prepare us to listen, O Lord.
Prepare us also to think.
“That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the lake. Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach. And he told them many things in parables”…(Matthew 13:1-3a)