January 30, 2013
By Father William Muench
As I was driving my car down to Syracuse a couple Sundays ago, I happened upon a public radio program featuring a great storyteller. His name was Stewart McClain, a Canadian, and he calls his show “The Vinyl Café.” It was a great program – certainly, held my attention. He had a segment in which he read some stories that listeners sent in and all were very interesting. Then he has a regular segment about a fictional person that he calls “Dave.” In that week’s story he described how Dave set out to clean up his attic and wound up spending his time reminiscing as he looked through a box of memorabilia.
I am always intrigued by these professional storytellers. There are many of such story tellers around these days – especially on the radio – like this Steward McClain and Garrison Keeler. It’s a rare talent that I truly envy.
At a recent school Mass at St. Bernard’s in Saranac Lake, I encountered a wonderful fourth grader storyteller.
Many young people will hear the Lord’s call – may they listen to the Lord’s message. All of this reminds me of how great a storyteller Jesus was. People have told and retold – analyzed and reanalyzed the parables of Jesus for hundreds of years. They are very special stories.
We must never forget that they are stories; they did not really happen. Jesus cleverly crafted these meaningful stories to teach the people of his day and all of us. Each little detail is important. The Gospels make it very clear when Jesus is telling a parable – or – when a story is about an event that really happened. The parables of Jesus have become familiar and important to all Christians.When we consider an important lesson in life – there is always a parable that helps us understand better.