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Pope sees Jesus as 'the true parable of God'

Catholic World News - July 11, 2011

At his Sunday audience on July 10, Pope Benedict XVI remarked that the parable of the sower and the seed “reflects Jesus’ own experience as a preacher.”

Speaking to a crowd gathered in the courtyard of his summer residence at Castel Gandolfo, the Holy Father said that Jesus spoke in parables in order to “stimulate a decision: a conversion of heart.” The parables prompt listeners to think on the truths that Christ revealed, the Pope said, and thus they parallel the life of Christ.

“In the final analysis the true parable of God is Jesus Himself,” the Pope said. In Christ, “God does not force us to believe in Hum. Rather He draws us to Him with the truth and goodness of his Incarnate Son.” Before concluding his audience the Pope reminded the crowd that Monday, July 11, would be the feast of St. Benedict, “the great patriarch of Western monasticism.” He urged the faithful to imitate St. Benedict by putting God first in all things, in work as well as in prayer.

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