Posted by Sappho on November 18th, 2012 filed in Bible study, Quaker Practice, Queries
At my Quaker meeting, we have been reading through the gospel of Matthew, a chapter a week. This week we studied Matthew 13, which involves a series of parables.
There’s another Quaker custom, that involves reading and reflecting on queries, on a different topic each month. In our meeting, we read these queries on the first Sunday of each month, and this month we read the queries on peace.
I have been wondering, what would the parables be like if converted into queries? What would the queries be like if told as parables? Suppose, for instance, that you were to ask queries based on the Parable of the Sower, which we read today, what would those queries be? Or suppose, instead, that you were to take our first query this month, “Do I live in the virtue of that life and power that takes away the occasion of all wars?” and instead of asking it directly, tell a short parable which expressed the same theme, what story would you tell?