Glad heart means a happy face
He climbed up the steep cliff.
He snatched an egg from an eagle’s
Daring adventure indeed because eagles
very jealous of their eaglets.
He brought it down to the camp and
a moment of glory,
he just dropped the egg under a brooding
And when the time came, it hatched.
An eaglet …
and yet it cackled like a chicken,
flew clumsily like a chicken,
dug awkwardly in the soil to find seeds
eat like a chicken
One day she looked up and saw
a beautiful bird, floating in the air,
shifting its wings,
letting the wind carry it higher and
“Gosh! What an awesome bird!” exclaimed
eaglet who always thought she was a
“That’s an eagle! The king of birds,”
quickly the answer.
“But stop thinking about it
because you will never be like it!”
So this eagle which was an eagle but
always considered itself to be a chicken
did as she was told: she never thought
And she died as a chicken.
An Indian legend.
More than a legend…
It is a parable of our lives.
God created us to fly,
to do great things,
and we continue to drudge along, held
by our corroded chains.
God created us for a grandiose banquet,
And we are content with junk food.
God wanted to create a masterpiece
And we managed to generate a mediocrity
He filled us with a superabundance
And we get entangled in our thread
God wants us to be eagles
And a good number of us got stuck in
What a pity!
Yes, we were made to be eagles.
Jesus Christ makes us ascend high.
A Christian does not live stuck to
but lives in freedom looking up.
That is why the world hates the Christians.
Because it can’t bear seeing someone
so much at peace,
reasoning so differently from it.
“What? Open to life? He is mad!
What?! She is expecting the sixth child?
She is crazy!
What?! You do not fight for your rights?
Are you going out of your mind?
You let others rob you? This is ridiculous!
You give your life for evangelisation?
you have anything else to do?
You’re becoming a Carmelite… a cloistered
nun? Are you fed up of the world?
You give your money to the poor? This
People want the Christian to reason
In that way they feel more comfortable.
Better if everyone is a hen
than to have people who dare
to rise high like an eagle.
Just with his way of doing things,
the real Christian challenges us all
he shows us how stupid we are
in running after dull things.
The chickens envy the eagles because
can’t fly like them.
People envy the Christians because
want to admit their cowardice.
So the Christian should not be surprised
no one applauds or congratulates him.
The Christian can expect only one thing:
being made fun of,
Amazingly enough, he finds his joy
He finds his resurrection just there.
And in doing what he does, he is saving
"I awakened you under the apple tree,
there where your mother conceived you,
there where she who gave birth to you
Set me like a seal on your heart,
Like a seal on your arm.
For love is strong as Death,
jealousy relentless as Sheol.
The flash of it is a flash of fire,
a flame of Yahweh himself.
Love no flood can quench,
no torrents drown.
Were a man to offer all the wealth
to buy love,
contempt is all he would purchase.”
(Song of Songs 8.5-7)
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