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This week’s gospel starts with this line:

Jesus told his disciples this parable:

What is a Parable?

For the short answer Click here for Wikipedi’s take;

For the long of it click here for Catholic Encyclopidia’s encyclopedic viewpoint.

And our reading ends with:

“Thus, the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

Is that a misprint or an example of a Paradox?

WHAT IS A par·a·dox?

  • a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth.
  • an opinion or statement contrary to commonly accepted opinion.
  • Apparently self-contradictory statement whose underlying meaning is revealed only by careful scrutiny. Its purpose is to arrest attention and provoke fresh thought, as in the statement “Less is more.” In poetry, paradox functions as a device encompassing the tensions of error and truth simultaneously, not necessarily by startling juxtapositions but by subtle and continuous qualifications of the ordinary meanings of words. When a paradox is compressed into two words, as in “living death,” it is called an oxymoron.

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