'It's None of My Business'

One day, a mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package. He was devastated to discover that it was a mousetrap. The mouse told all his animal friends: “There is a mousetrap in the house!”

The chicken said, “Mr. Mouse, I’m so sorry to hear that, but that’s not my problem.” Being charismatic, the chicken said, “I’ll pray for you…”

The mouse turned to the pig and told him, “There is a mousetrap in the house!” The pig said, “I’m so very sorry, Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it.”

The mouse turned to the cow and said, “There is a mousetrap in the house!” The cow said, “Wow, Mr. Mouse. I’m sorry for you, but it’s not my problem.”

So, the mouse returned to the house, dejected.

That very night a sound was heard throughout the house – the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey. The farmer’s wife went out. In the darkness, she did not see it. It was a poisonous snake whose tail was caught in the trap. And the snake bit the farmer’s wife.

She developed a fever. The doctor said “She needs chicken soup.” So the farmer took his knife for the soup’s main ingredient: Chicken!

But his wife’s sickness continued. Friends and neighbors came to visit. To feed them, the farmer thought of serving them pork adobo. So the pig had to go.

But, alas, the farmer’s wife did not get well… She died. Many people came for her funeral. And the farmer had to slaughter the cow to feed all of them…

The lesson? Don’t ever say, “It’s none of my business.” We are indelibly, intricately connected with each other. When our brother is in pain, we should be in pain too.

It’s easy to do something good for someone who can pay you back. But when you do something good for someone who can’t pay you back, the Lord will pay you back.

The Bible says, Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done. (Proverbs 19:17)

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