This term in Chapel, we are delving into some of the parables from Jesus’ teaching. The parables of Jesus make up a crucial part of the Bible. Jesus had the wisdom to simplify the profound spiritual truths he needed to share with humanity in the form of relatable stories that are easy to understand. A parable is a tale about a simple, common subject to illustrate a deeper, valuable moral lesson (https://www.biblestudytools.com/topical-verses/parables-of-jesus).
Jesus is the master of all things, communication included. According to Matthew, Jesus speaks in parables because the people did not see, hear and understand. We have all been in situations where we feel people are not seeing, hearing or understanding us. It is very frustrating!
Although most of us aren’t skilled enough to be able to talk in parables, there are ways of communicating that help others to see, hear and understand.
In Matthew 12:33-35 Jesus says, "Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit. You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil."
In this passage Jesus speaks not about our ears or our mouths, but what’s in our hearts and how this is the basis of all our communication. The spirit of God helps change our hearts towards love, compassion and forgiveness, so this is what flows from our mouths (not all the time of course, but for those times there is forgiveness!)
Jesus communicated in various ways with his Father in Heaven and his followers. He used prayer as an essential way of communicating his heart with his Father. He was humble and truthful and always communicated out of compassion and love. The Bible is given to us so that we can model our behaviour on Jesus’, so if you want to know more go straight to the source!
One of the Approaches to Learning (ATL) in the PYP is Communication Skills. The ATLs are the skills in the IB framework that are explicitly taught to increase the student’s capacity to inquire. All students at St Peters Lutheran are learning to communicate based on biblical values and the explicit skills framework of the PYP – what a comprehensive approach!
Check your own communication skills and look to Jesus to give you the words to say!
Bronwyn Wilson, Principal