Happy Lent to all – here is a story that was shared during Ash Wednesday’s Mass and I think it has a very important Lenten message for all of us. This was posted on Facebook by Jessica Gilbert in 2015:
“There were two horses in a field. From a distance, each horse looks like any other horse. But if you get a closer look you will notice something quite interesting… One of the horses is blind. His owner has chosen not to have him put down, but has made him a safe and comfortable barn to live in. This alone is pretty amazing. But if you stand nearby and listen, you will hear the sound of a bell. It is coming from a smaller horse in the field. Attached to the horse’s halter is a small, copper-colored bell. It lets the blind friend know where the other horse is, so he can follow.
As you stand and watch these two friends you’ll see that the horse with the bell is always checking on the blind horse, and that the blind horse will listen for the bell and then slowly walk to where the other horse is, trusting he will not be led astray. When the horse with the bell returns to the shelter of the barn each evening, he will stop occasionally to look back, making sure that the blind friend isn’t too far behind to hear the bell.
Like the owners of these two horses, God does not throw us away just because we are not perfect, or because we have problems or challenges. He watches over us and even brings others into our lives to help us when we are in need. Sometimes we are the blind horse, being guided by the little ringing bell of those who God places in our lives.
And at other times we are the guide horse, helping others to find their way. Good friends are like that. You may not always see them, but you know they are always there.
Please listen for my bell, and I will listen for yours.”
~ Author Unknown
God asks us to take care of each other and watch out for each other. Sometimes it is so difficult for us to do, yet animals tend to do that naturally. The really interesting part of the story in my view is how God uses us at times as the guide horse when someone is “blind” to something in their lives, and at other times we can be the “blind” horse. This Lent let’s look at our relationships and try to determine who needs a guide horse incuding ourselves.