The Thirst for Publicity

By Admin on 20-07-2017

Many years ago there lived a man who was able to love and forgive everyone he met. Because of this, one day God sent an angel to talk to him.

“God asked me to talk to tell you that He wants to reward you for your goodness,” said the angel. “Any favour that you desire will be granted. Would you like to have the gift of healing.”

“By no means,” answered the man, “I prefer that God himself choose those to be cured.”

“What about bringing sinners to the path of righteousness?”

“That is the task of angels like you. I don’t want to be venerated by anyone, and serve as an example all my life.”

“I can’t go back to heaven without granting you a favour. If you don’t pick one, I will be obliged to impose one. Those are my orders. You will be obliged to accept one.”

The man reflected for a while before opening his mouth. “If that be the case,” said he, “then I want good to be done through me, but without anyone, not even myself, noticing it, so that I don’t commit the sin of vanity.”

“If that is the way you want it, so be it,” said the angel. And the angel attached the power of miracles to the shadow of the man, whenever it was behind him. In that way wherever he went, the sick were cured, the earth became fertile, and the unhappy regained joy, whenever his shadow fell on them.

The man lived for many years spreading healing and blessings everywhere, without ever realizing it.

Comment: “Let not your left hand know what your right hand is doing,” said Christ. In contrast, the subtle and not so subtle ways we seek publicity for our good works, sometimes give the impression that except for that we would not be doing them at all. We always have the excuse, “so that more become possible.”

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