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Topic: NEIGHBOR (06/01/17)
- TITLE: The Firewood Peddler
By Bernard Diaz
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Just a few moments back, four men ganged up on him as walked up the road leading to the entrance of the city. The men were thieves preying on unfamiliar faces coming into their territory. They grabbed him, dragged him on the side of the street, then beat him up with their fists and clubs. After he slumped on the ground, they took whatever belongings he was carrying. Not only that, they also stripped him of his clothes and sandals, leaving him with just an undergarment. Afterwards, they just casually walked away. They weren’t even concerned if anybody saw what they did. A few people saw from a distance what they did to the helpless stranger, but ignored it maybe because of apathy or fear for the gang.
The victim did not have anything much valuable in his possession. In fact, he was going to Jericho to look for work. He was financially in need. Now, he lies down half-dead. A few people passed by, including a priest who just looked down on him, shook their heads and went on their way. Others avoided him by walking on the other side of the street.
Finally, a certain man, a firewood peddler on the way to the city, stopped and took pity on him. He nursed and bound up his wounds, and loaded him up on his mule-led firewood cart. He brought him to an inn in the city and gave the poor victim food, water, and some medicine when he regained his consciousness. The next morning, the firewood peddler paid the caretaker of the inn and asked him to let the still weak man stay for two more days so he can recover well, and promised to return to pay for the additional costs. Before he left, the wounded man gave thanks to him, and asked why he alone bothered to help him. The good man replied saying, "When I saw you back there half-dead and forgotten, I saw myself. What if I was you in that position? Would I help myself? Of course, I’d help myself. When I was helping you, I thought I was helping myself. That was how I saw you as my neighbor". Then, the firewood peddler departed to go about his business.
After just a few days, the victim of thievery and violence fully recuperated, perhaps because he was inspired by the good deed done to him. He later found work in Jericho as a farm worker. He at times would muse to himself: "I was saved because a neighbor saw me as himself". He promised to himself that he would look at his neighbor the way the firewood peddler did.
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