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The parables recount stories that could happen and even that have happened. But it is precisely this realism of situations, characters, and predicaments that sets off the eccentricity of the behavior that the kingdom of God is compared to. The extraordinary within the ordinary, such is the logic of meaning in the parables. Consider, for example, the extravagance of the the landlord in the parable of the evil tenants. After having sent his servants, he sends is son. What Palestinian landowner would act in such a foolish way? And what of the host in the parable of the great banquet who searches in the streets for guests to replace those who had been invited? Or the father in the parable of the prodigal son? Does he not exceed all the boundaries of complacency? – Paul Ricoeur, Figuring the Sacred, 60. 

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