The group of beggars

A group of famished beggars are near death. Their atrophied faces entreat for food to salvage the waning life. Compassion quaking the breast compels you to hurry home and return with plates of food. Stretching the plates toward the wretched ones, two men begin arguing.

“This plate should not be white!” one grumbles
“It’s original color is tan, not white. It only appears white because the sun is bright. I cannot tolerate it looking white.” the other vociferates.
Then a third adds “nonsense, it is green. It is silly to think otherwise.”

All the while, the hunger escalates as they argue, for they exhaust energy and refuse to replenish themselves.

Flabbergasted by the incorrigible imbecility of these wretched ones who, in the face of death, can so squabble over inconsequential facts…you conclude, “these fools don’t deserve food. They deserve fiercer pangs of hunger to lash them until they are ready to eat. It was a mistake to even offer them food for, in face of life-saving sustenance, they bicker about the color of the plate!” Infuriated, you snatch the plate from these ungrateful ones and give it to other nearby beggars who receive it humbly and COMPLETELY ignore the color of the plate! Their voice quivering with gratitude as tears of joy stream through their face. They say “Thank you, dear friend! For I was dead, but now I live again! Glory to the highest for using you as a tool!”

Now pause. This is the picture that comes to mind everytime, literally everytime I hear people hold fiery debates about what race Jesus truly was or wasn’t! And how this indicates the historical greatness of one race over another. When the Bread of Life is offered, the issue is the “color of the plate”.

Nay, whoever enters into this debate must not be really hungry! Otherwise they would devour the food without regard for the plate. Furthermore, in obedience to the Law of Reciprocity, even what little insight (food) he had will be mercilessly taken away and given to another who seeks in humility: “He that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath”.

It is in this and many other ways that we each unknowingly pass sentence on ourselves. And in and through us the Eternal Law becomes inexorably fulfilled.

~Ikenna Q Ezealah

About Ikenna Q Ezealah

Ikenna Q Ezealah is a writer, author and essayist whose themes embrace human-spiritual development.
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