Three Talks on the Parables of Jesus

Surprise, Shock, and Gospel: 

Re-Interpreting the Parables of Jesus 

at Ursuline College: Oct. 30, Nov. 6 & 13

The Department of Theological and Pastoral Studies of Ursuline College presents three public lectures on the parables of Jesus by Rev. Dr. George M. Smiga STD. All three presentations will be in Little Theater Mullen Building Room 113 from 7-8pm, with a Q+A session to follow from 8-8:30pm. All are welcome.

Jesus preferred to teach in parables. The gospels are filled with these images and stories that are both elusive and powerful. They engage, delight, and disturb those who hear them. Join us for three evenings to explore new meanings derived from Jesus’ teaching. These sessions will cover what parables are, how they work, and what Jesus’ parables reveal about the Kingdom of God.

  • Tuesday Oct. 30: The Parables of Mark, including the Parable of the Sower and the Wicked Tenants
  • Tuesday Nov. 6: The Parables of Matthew, including the Parable of the Unmerciful Servant and the Vineyard Workers
  • Tuesday Nov. 13: The Parables of Luke, including the Good Samaritan and the Prodigal Son

All lectures are free and open to all.


  1. S Thang CinMung says:

    I enjoy reading the articles and the journey with the building on the word

  2. Patricia Maskow Firem says:

    Thanks, Fr.George, for the refreshing interpretation possibilities for the Parables. I liked your
    statement that God did not come to clarify, but to surprise. And the Parables expecially can
    do that, as you pointed out.
    In the words of Fr. Richard Rohr: “God is continuously unpackaging himself. ” And He
    doesn’t need Amazon to deliver !

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