Saturday, 8 August 2015

The Mousetrap

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A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package. “What food might this contain?” the mouse wondered. 

He was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap.

Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning: “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!”

The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, “Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it's of no consequence to me. I can't be bothered by this.”

The mouse turned to the pig and told him, “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!” 

The pig sympathised, and said, “I am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do but pray. Be assured you are in my prayers.”

The mouse turned to the cow and said, “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!” 

The cow said, “Wow, Mr. Mouse. I’m sorry for you, but it’s no skin off my nose.”

So, the mouse returned to the house, head down, depressed and dejected to face the farmer’s mousetrap alone.

That very night a sound was heard throughout the house ~ like the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey. 

The farmer’s wife rushed to see what was caught. 

In the darkness, she did not see the venomous snake whose tail the trap had caught. 

The snake bit the farmer’s wife. 

The farmer rushed her to the hospital but she returned home with a fever.

Everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard to acquire the soup’s main ingredient. 

His wife’s sickness continued. Friends and neighbours came to sit with her around the clock. 

To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig. 

The farmer’s wife remained unwell and eventually died. 

Many people came for her funeral, the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them.

The mouse looked upon it all from his crack in the wall with great sadness. 

So, the next time you hear someone is facing a problem and think it doesn’t concern you, remember, when one of us is threatened, we are all at risk. 

We are all involved in this journey called life. We must keep an eye out for one another and make an extra effort to encourage one another. 

Each of us is a vital thread in the other person’s tapestry. + CATHOLIC DAILY + P

Stay safe my friends...Peace out!

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