“Brothers and sisters, you are full of goodness, filled with all the knowledge and able to admonish one another.”
-Apostle Paul (Romans 15:14)
Our Daily Gem
Credits: Aaron Zerah; A to Z Spirit Publishing
The Mullah Nasruddin brought his students to the fair so that they could watch him compete in
the archery contest. Before his first shot, the Mullah fixed his cap military style and, assuming a
soldier’s posture, drew the bow and fired. The arrow missed the target completely, and the crowd
roared with derisive laughter.
Then he picked up the bow again, this time with little strength, and shot the second arrow. It flew
straight, but landed far short of the mark. Again, the onlookers guffawed. For the last of his three
allotted shots, Nasruddin nonchalantly turned to face the target, aimed, and let fly. It was a
The crowd went wild, then fell into a stunned silence. Nasruddin chose the moment to take his
prize and indifferently started to walk on. But his students and the astonished throng demanded
an explanation. Nasruddin complied and told them, “For the first shot, I was identified with a
soldier, face-to-face with the enemy. Fear made the arrow miss. With the second shot, I became
like the man who, having failed miserably with the first shot, was so anxious and eager he could
not concentrate. He simply had no power.”
“And the third shot?” inquired a brave soul. “Who fired that one?” “That? Oh, that was me.”-
– TRADITIONAL SUFI TALE
Our One Minute Wisdom for Today:
A young man approached Jesus and said, “TEACHER, WHAT GOOD MUST I DO TO GAIN ETERNAL LIFE?”
He answered him, “Why do you ask me about the good? There is only One who is good. If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.”
He asked Him, “Which ones?” And Jesus replied, “You shall not kill; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; honor your father and your mother; and you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
The young man said to Him, “All of these I have observed. What do I still lack?” Jesus said to him, “IF YOU WISH TO BE PERFECT, GO, SELL WHAT YOU HAVE AND GIVE TO THE POOR, AND YOU WILL HAVE TREASURE IN HEAVEN. THEN COME, FOLLOW ME.”
When the young man heard this statement, he went away sad, for he had many possessions.
-From the Gospel of Matthew 19:16-22
*Do we see ourselves as the young man?
*Do we wish to attain eternal life?
*Are we willing to give up our earthly possessions and desires to attain such?
*Are we willing to follow Jesus?
Saint of the Day:
St. Clare Montefalco, pray for us.
You deserve eternal life,
“We cannot control the evil tongues of others, but, a good life enables us to disregard them.”
-Cato the Elder