Credits: From the book “Enjoy Life! In the right sense” by Fr. Glenn Paul M. Gomez, SVD; Manila, 2007
On a cold harmattan morning, three palm fruit farmers were warming themselves by the fireside. Soon, two of them, were engaged in a heated debate comparing their religions to decide which one was the true religion.
Okor, the oldest among them, sat quietly listening to the debate. Suddenly, the two turned to him and asked, “Decide for us, Okor. Which religion is the right one?”
Okor rubbed his white beard and said thoughtfully, “Well, you know there are three ways to get from here to the oil mill. First, you can go right over the hill. That is shorter, but, it is a steep climb. Second, you can go around the hill on the right side. That is not too far, but, the road is rough and full of potholes. Or, third, you can go around the hill on the left side. That is the longest way, but, it is also the easiest.”
Okor paused and then, added, “But, you know, when you get there, the mill man doesn’t ask you how you came. ALL HE ASKS IS, ‘MAN, HOW GOOD IS YOUR FRUIT?'”
Let’s keep working on our fruits,
“Existence is a strange bargain. Life owes us little; we owe it everything. The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose.” – William Cowper
“Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. So, by their fruits, you will know them.” – Matthew 7: 19-20