"The Brother's Grain"
[by Anthony de Mello, S.J. Taking Flight, 1988]

4-21-99 Story of the Week Seeds from Church Within #28
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Welcome
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Greetings my Dearest Sisters and Brothers, and welcome again to The
Church Within Story of the Week ["SOW Seeds]

This week's SOW Seeds - #28 , contributed by my beloved sister: Minister Judy Girard

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Story of the Week
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"The Brother's Grain"
[by Anthony de Mello, S.J. Taking Flight, 1988]

Two brothers - one a bachelor, the other married - owned a farm whose fertile soil yielded an abundance of grain. Half the grain went to one brother and half to the other.

All went well at first. Then every now and then, the married man began to wake with a start from his sleep at night and think: "This isn't fair. My brother isn't married, he's all alone, and he gets only half the produce if the farm. Here I am with a wife and five kids, so I have all the security I need for my old age. But who will care for my poor brother when he gets old? He needs to save much more for the future than he does at the present, so his need is obviously greater than mine."

With that he would get out of bed, steal over to his brother's place and pour a sackful of grain into his brother's granary.

The bachelor brother too began to get the same attacks. Every once in a while he would wake from his sleep and say to himself: "This simply isn't fair. My brother has a wife and five kids and he gets only half the produce of the land. Now I have no one except myself to support. So it is just that my poor brother, whose need is obviously greater than mine, should receive exactly as much as I do?" Then he would get out of bed and pour a sackful of grain into his brother's granary.

One night they got out of bed at the same time and ran into each other, each with a sack of grain on his back!

Many years later, after their death, the story leaked out. So when the townsfolk wanted to build a church, they chose the spot at which the two brothers met, for they could not think of any place in the town that was holier than that one.

The important religious distinction is not between those who worship and those who do not but between those who love and those who don't.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        Break down the human dams of fear, prejudice, misunderstanding, ignorance and greed that inhibit the flow of Love and Acceptance and let Your unconditional Love for All Your children flow freely through each of us to one another. Only then will there be Peace on Earth and Goodwill among All. And since I can't really do much about everyone else, Please start with Me.

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal
Parent,

The Creator's Eternal Love, through me, to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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