Definition of Parable
a simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson, as told by Jesus in the Gospels.
The parable he quotes, as with many of the parables from the Gospels, is symbolic in nature.
Example of Parable
a modern-day parable
A request thrown at Jesus from the crowd sets the context of the parable of the rich fool.
As with many of his parables , Jesus uses extreme examples to make his point.
At the table he tells a parable in which he offers a lesson for the guests and a lesson for the hosts.
Bringing a literal mind to the interpretations of Jesus' parables is usually not encouraged.
He identifies the parable of the Prodigal Son as a story which has profoundly shaped Christianity.
He would often tell a little parable to illustrate in simple language the thoughts that came into his head.
Here, as in other parables , Jesus uses a symbol to turn our understanding upside down.
In each gospel some of the parables are linked explicitly to Jesus' proclamation of the kingdom of God.
In the parable of the sheep and the goats, Jesus indicates that some will be condemned.