The Brick

A young and successful executive was traveling down a neighborhood street,
going a bit too fast in his new Jaguar. He was watching for kids darting out
from between parked cars and slowed down when he thought he saw
something. As his car passed, no children appeared. Instead, a brick smashed
into the Jag’s side door! He slammed on the brakes and backed the Jag back to the spot where the brick had been thrown. The angry driver then jumped out of the car, grabbed the nearest kid and pushed him up against a parked car shouting, “What was that all about and who are you? Just what the heck are you doing? That’s a new car and that brick you threw is going to cost a lot of money. Why did you do it?”

The young boy was apologetic. “Please, mister…please, I’m sorry but I didn’t
know what else to do,” He pleaded. “I threw the brick because no one else
would stop…” With tears dripping down his face and off his chin, the youth
pointed to a spot just around a parked car. “It’s my brother, “he said. “He rolled off the curb and fell out of his wheelchair and I can’t lift him up.”

Now sobbing, the boy asked the stunned executive, “Would you please help me get him back into his wheelchair? He’s hurt and he’s too heavy for me.”

Moved beyond words, the driver tried to swallow the rapidly swelling lump in
his throat. He hurriedly lifted the handicapped boy back into the wheelchair,
then took out a linen handkerchief and dabbed at the fresh scrapes and cuts. A quick look told him everything was going to be okay.

“Thank you and may God bless you,” the grateful child told the stranger. Too
shook up for words, the man simply watched the boy! push his wheelchairbound brother down the sidewalk toward their home.

It was a long, slow walk back to the Jaguar. The damage was very noticeable, but the driver never bothered to repair the dented side door. He kept the dent there to remind him of this message: “Don’t go through life so fast that someone has to throw a brick at you to get your attention!”

God whispers in our souls and speaks to our hearts. Sometimes when we don’t have time to listen, He has to throw a brick at us. It’s our choice to listen or not.

神父講道 – 四旬期第二週 (週一) (2010年3月1日)

恭讀聖路加福音 6:36-38

(2nd Week of Lent – Monday)

A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke 6:36-38

36 Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.37 “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; 38 give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For the measure you give will be the measure you get back.”

—The Gospel of the Lord.



並且,凡為我的名,捨棄了房屋,或兄弟、或姐妹、或父親、或母親、或妻子、或兒女、或田地的,必要領取百倍的賞報,並承受永生。」 (瑪19:27-29)
耶穌第三次問他說:『若望的兒子西滿,你愛我嗎?』伯多祿因耶穌第三次問他說:『你愛我嗎?』便憂愁起來,遂向他說:『主啊! 一切你都知道,你曉得我愛你。』耶穌對他說:『你餵養我的羊群。』 (若21:15-17)