Once upon a time, there was a man who adopted a dog. The man loved the dog, but over time, the dog got grew old and he would sometimes bark and jump up on people.
One day, the man decided that he had enough of his dog and resolved to get rid of him. He took the dog to a nearby lake and placed him in a boat with the intention of drowning him. Once they were in the middle of the lake, the man tied a rope around the dog’s neck and attached a heavy rock to it before throwing him overboard. However, as the dog was sinking, he fought hard and managed to break free from the rope. He struggled to the surface and attempted to climb back into the boat.
The man then stood up and attempted to strike the dog with his paddle. However, he lost his balance and fell into the water. The man couldn’t swim and began to panic. He flailed his arms and legs but sank and started to drown.
His dog then, driven by his love and loyalty, sprang into action. As he swam over his master, he grabbed onto his shirt and pulled him towards the shore. He managed to keep him afloat and guide him back to safety. The dog’s bravery and determination saved the very man who had intended to kill him.
The man lay on the shore, gasping for breath and trembling, realizing what a terrible mistake he had made. From that day forward, he had a newfound respect for his faithful companion, their bond became even stronger and he took good care of him until his death.
This story tells us a lot about Jesus. Indeed, Jesus came into this world to show us God’s love, to heal us and give us eternal life. But, out of jealousy, we rejected him and nailed him to a cross. Just before dying, he asked the Father to forgive us. Three days later he conquered death and came back to life. Just as the man was spared his life thanks to his dog’s love and loyalty, we are spared our life by Jesus’ sacrifice.
This story also serves as a reminder that while some people may be closed to the Gospel message or violently reject it, we, as ambassadors and imitators of Christ, must continue to evangelize with love and offer forgiveness, hope, healing, and Life to the world. By approaching each individual with respect, patience, and compassion, we will bear witness to God’s unconditional love for humanity. Our perseverance and commitment will touch the hearts of many, and eventually, their decision to embrace the faith will save their lives because they will have accepted the love, forgiveness, and salvation found in Christ.
Director of Pastoral Work
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