A distressed farmer was about to lose his farm, so he went to the bank to get a loan, and his old hound dog came along too.  Now the banker was a hard, unsmiling man who have never heard the word compassion.  So it came as no surprise that, despite the farmer’s pleading, and despite his perfect financial record, the banker said ‘No, absolutely no!’ to the loan.

No sooner had those words been spoken than the farmer’s old hound jumped up and bit that banker hard, on the leg.  And then he bit one of the customers as well.  The banker was astonished. “I can understand,” he said, “why your dog might bite me after I turned down your loan. But why did he bite that innocent bystander over there?”

“Aw that’s easy,” said the farmer. “He just needed to get the nasty taste out of his mouth.”

Source | Dennis R. Clark, Sunday Morning, Reflections on the Word


Imagine yourself in the position of the distressed farmer … Imagine yourself in the place of the insensitive banker … What do you feel? How would you have responded? Daily we encounter other people. Why not try on a daily basis, to give  to the other the gift of transforming graciousness!


Author: philipchircop

I'm a Jesuit from Malta, an artist at heart and madly in love with all things beautiful and soulful: music, painting, sculpture, photography, film, theatre, poetry, good company, good food, good wine and more. I believe that beauty is a wonderful entry into the mystery of the God “whose centre is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere.” God can be sensed in all things if and when we engage in a long, loving look at the real that surrounds us. I consider myself a seeker with bottomless curiosity, an eternal student of life, exploring fresh and creative ways to proclaim the Good News in the hope of helping fellow pilgrims and seekers to embrace real and radical changes that will lead to conversion and transformation.

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