PARABLE OF THE CRUMB AND THE LOAF

Once upon a time a loaf of bread fell from a bakery truck and as it hit the ground a crumb broke loose. Three sparrows all eyed the crumb and swooped down to grab it, but began fighting over it.

Eventually, one of the sparrows succeeded in scooping up the crumb in its beak and flew away with it with the other two sparrows following in hot pursuit. A frenzied aerial fracas took place until the crumb was completely consumed.

The only thing these sparrows saw was the crumb. None noticed the loaf still on the ground.

Source: Daily Encounter

CONSIDER THIS

Are you wasting your life-energy squabbling over trivialities, ignoring the true riches of life that surround you?

Are you majoring in minors, wasting time on non-essential issues while the cries of the hurting and the neglected go unheeded?

 

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THE WISE AND COMPASSIONATE JUDGE

A story is told about an incident that happened during the thirties in New York, on one of the coldest days of the year, the world was in the grip of the Great Depression, and all over the city, the poor were close to starvation.

It happened that the judge was sitting on the bench that day, hearing a complaint against a woman who was charged with stealing a loaf of bread. She pleaded that her daughter was sick, and her grandchildren were starving, because their father had abandoned the family. But the shopkeeper, whose loaf had been stolen, refused to drop the charge. He insisted that an example be made of the poor old woman, as a deterrent to others.

The judge sighed. He was most reluctant to pass judgment on the woman, yet he had no alternative. “I’m sorry,” he turned to her, “But I can’t make any exceptions. The law is the law. I sentence you to a fine of ten dollars, and if you can’t pay I must send you to jail for ten days.”

The woman was heartbroken, but even as he was passing sentence, the judge was reaching into his pocket for the money to pay off the ten-dollar fine. He took off his hat, tossed the ten dollar bill into it, and then addressed the crowd:

“I am also going to impose a fine of fifty cents on every person here present in this courtroom, for living in a town where a person has to steal bread to save her grandchildren from starvation. Please collect the fine, Mr. Bailiff, in this hat, and pass them across to the defendant.”

And so the accused went home that day from the courtroom with forty-seven dollars and fifty cents — fifty cents of which had been paid by the shame-faced grocery store keeper who had brought the charge against her. And as she left the courtroom, the gathering of petty criminals and New York policemen gave the judge a standing ovation.

Source | Based on an incident reported by James. N. McCutcheon in
Margaret Silf, One Hundred Wisdom Stories from Around the World 

PONDER AND CONSIDER

Mercy and truth have met each other: justice and peace have kissed.Psalm 84:10

  • How open are our eyes and ears to the cry of the poor?
  • How quick are we to bring charges against others?
  • How creative are we in finding ways mercy and justice kiss?