Spirit of Sharing
By Fr. Joe Eruppakkatt SSP on 02-10-2017
One evening when the sun was setting in the horizon, I noticed a rare occurrence outside the windows of my room. Two black crows flew into one of the branches of a Neem tree that stood tall. One of the crows carried a piece of flesh and it began eating it while the other crow sat watching. After sometime the crow that was eating the meat stopped, looked around for a while and then passed the remaining piece to the one that was sitting and watching! The second one took it and started eating while the other sat watching.
The incident would seem simple and insignificant to an ordinary onlooker. But a more curious observer could draw a lesson or two from the behaviors of those birds – lessons in harmony, spirit of sharing, patience, peaceful coexistence and concern and care for one another. One notice that there was no quarrelling over the piece of flesh, no animal instinct at work, no snatching away and no restlessness on the part of either of them. If we learn to care and share, be patient and trust in the goodness of the other like those birds, our world would be much better than what it is today.
Yet, what we see around us is precisely the opposite: impatience, mistrust, selfishness, greed, quarrelling, fighting, wasting and destruction of the natural resources. There is so much hunger, poverty and famine in the world. The solution to these could be found on the branches of that Neem tree.
About The Author
Fr. Joe Eruppakkatt SSP is a Catholic priest of the Society of St Paul. He has been engaged in media activities for several years as General Editor of ST PAULS Mumbai. He believes in God's gift of beauty and goodness in every human being, in nature and in every religious tradition, and shares his views and opinions with others.