Thursday, July 31, 2014


                     A wild fire broke out in a dense forest. Heaps of dry leaves easily caught fire and the strong winds quickly spread the fire.  The frightened animals and birds fled for their lives. Two monkeys were left behind in the burning forest. One was blind and the other was lame. They cried for help but their friends and relatives deserted them.
                     They heard each other. The lame monkey saw the helpless blind monkey and came near him as fast as he could. He told the blind one, “Friend, there is only one way to escape from this raging fire. You can move fast and I can see well. Let us move together.” The blind monkey readily agreed and stooped down. The lame monkey climbed on the back of the blind monkey, who moved, following the directions of the lame monkey. They could move fast through a narrow area where the blazing fire had not yet reached. They reached a safe spot at a great distance from the roaring fire. They embraced and thanked each other. They promised to stay together as real friends for the rest of their lives. Their friends were sorry for abandoning them during the dangerous moments and begged their pardon. They became friends again.
                   “A friend in need is a friend indeed.”
                    Jesus taught, “My commandment is this: love one another, just as I love you. The greatest love a person can have for his friends is to give his life for them.”
                    St. John reminds us, “My children, our love should not be just words and talk; it must be true love, which shows itself in action”                                   
                    The Holy Bible teaches us, “Friends always show their love. What are brothers for if not to share trouble? …………………………………………………………………………..
© By: Prof. Dr. Babu Philip, Darsana Academy, Kottayam-686001, Kerala, India ( Former Professor, Cochin University of Science & Technology, Fine Arts Avenue, Kochi-682016, Kerala, India), Prof. Mrs. Rajamma Babu, Former Professor, St. Dominic's College, Kanjirappally,  Leo. S. John, St. Antony's Public School, Anakkal, Kanjirappally and Neil John, Maniparambil, Ooriyakunnath, Kunnumbhagom, Kanjirappally, Kottayam-686507, Kerala, India.
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