Feeling the Burn


Sharing the Cow

Twin brothers Matthew and Mark strolled down the main avenue through Mayview. The sun greeted them with a promise of a warm spring day. From the cafe ahead on the left stepped a curmudgeonly old man who headed directly toward the brothers.

Matthew and Mark had every reason to be angry with Bernard. He’d taken a cow from their younger brother Luke, butchered it, and then redistributed the meat equally around town. Luke felt the anger burn within him. He’d planned to enter the cow in the state fair and use the prize money to send his son John to college.

When Bernard and the twins met on the sidewalk, both brothers reached out their hands and greeted the old man.

Matthew held no malice toward Bernard. He thought the man’s motive of helping the less fortunate was well intended and a step toward equality. Luke had another cow anyway.

Mark held no malice toward Bernard either. He believed that no matter how well intended, the man’s action was theft, and testified so in court; Mark forgave the man his trespass.

Jesus said, “Do not steal.” (Mark 10:19).

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! (Isaiah 5:20).

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