Live the Questions


“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

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Matthew 13:13

“This is why I speak to them in parables, because ‘they look but do not see and hear but do not listen or understand.'”


Black-and-white, either-or thinking is necessary for many intellectual tasks that we need to operate in this life.

But such dualistic thinking will not work when it comes to matters of the heart.

Jesus’ command to “love your enemies” will never compute on an either-or level of consciousness.

Life has a way of steering us into gray areas where a both-and approach will be necessary…or you will become quite miserable.

Those who choose to rigidly hold to a black-and-white worldview will become angry, unhappy and harsh.

Sometimes it takes a real conundrum to transform us.

Jesus’ parables were much like the koans of Zen Buddhism which are defined as “paradoxical anecdotes or riddles used to demonstrate the inadequacy of logical reasoning and to provoke enlightenment.”

Jesus seldom gave black-and-white answers. Instead…he spoke in parables.

Those who are able to sit in the tension of the opposites long enough are transformed.

They see a bigger picture. They are able to look at the world in a non-dual way where everything belongs.

Jesus told his disciples to listen with their hearts to what he was saying and to have faith like a child.

If we open our hearts the same way…deep truths will be revealed to us as we read his parables today and as we deal with the paradoxes of life.

Open your heart to God’s unconditional love for you. Allow the awe and wonder of such a Mystery to envelope you.

Allow it to set you free.


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About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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