Jesus often spoke in parables; a parable is a short story that uses familiar images to help receptive men to ponder a cryptic deeper truth. Jesus uses parables to draw the humble to ponder and hunger for God, to conceal His teachings from the prideful, and to pronounce judgment on those who reject Him. Studying and meditating upon the Parables of Jesus can draw a man closer to God and help him grow in holiness.

In the chart below, each of the parables of Jesus Christ recorded in the Gospels are noted in column (1). In the other columns, the Daily Devotion articles from the Liturgy which include each parable from the Gospels of Matthew (2), Mark (3), and Luke (4) and their page location are noted. 

The Parables of Jesus Christ

Parable (1)

Matthew (2)

Mark (3)

Luke (4)

The Builders

Mt 7:21, 24-27 


Lk 6:43-49

The Two Debtors


Lk 7:36-50

The Sower

Mt 13:1-23

Mk 4:1-20

Lk 8:4-15

The Dragnet

Mt 13:47-53


The Growing Seed


Mk 4:26-34


The Wheat and the Weeds

Mt 13:24-30


Lk 13:18-21

The Lamp


Mk 4:21-25

Lk 8:16-18

The Mustard Seed

The Seed’s Mysterious Growth

The Leaven

Mt 13:31-35

Mk 4:26-34

Mk 4:26-34

Lk 13:18-21

Lk 13:18-21

The Hidden Treasure

The Valuable Pearl

The Dragnet

Mt 13:44-52

Mt 13:44-52

Mt 13:44-52


The Lost Sheep

Mt 18:1-5, 10, 12-14


Lk 15:3-7

Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

Mt 18:21-19:1


Parable of the Good Samaritan


Lk 10:25-37

Parable of the Lowest Seat 


Lk 14:1, 7-14

Parable of the Great Banquet


Lk 14:15-24

Parable of the Lost Sheep

Parable of the Lost Coin


Lk 15:1-10

Lk 15:1-10

Parable of the Prodigal Son


Lk 15:1-3, 11-32

A Friend at Midnight


Lk 11:5-13

The Rich Fool


Lk 12:13-21

The Barren Fig Tree


Lk 13:1-9

The Unrighteous Steward


Lk 16:1-8

Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus


Lk 16:19-31

Parable of the Unrighteous Judge


Lk 18:1-8

Parable of Pharisee and the Tax Collector


Lk 18:9-14

The Laborers in the Vineyard

Mt 20:1-16


The Two Sons

Mt 21:28-32


The Wicked Tenants

Mt 21:33-43

Mk 12:1-12

Lk 20:9-19 (Omitted)

The Wedding Feast

Mt 22:1-14


The Faithful and Unfaithful Servant

Mt 24:42-51

Mk 13:33-37 

Lk 21:34-36

The Wise and Foolish Bridesmaids

Mt 25:1-13


The Talents/Pounds

Mt 25:14-30


Lk 19:11-28

The Sheep and the Goats

Mt 25:31-46