Luke 17:20 ¶ Once Jesus was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God was coming, and he answered, “The kingdom of God is not coming with things that can be observed;
Luke 17:21 nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There it is!’ For, in fact, the kingdom of God is among you.”
The parables are meant to give those who have difficulty understanding the Kingdom of Heaven a physical or concrete illustration of faith beyond what can be seen. A parable is pointing, “here,” to see “there.” The parables are pointing – are we seeing? Are we understanding?