Their once was a boy named Peter who loved chocolate candy. Everyday his mother would give him a small bag of four chocolate pieces for his lunch. His mother loved Peter and knew he would have a big smile when he ate the chocolates. She put four pieces in the lunch bag so that Peter could share candy with friends.
With a big smile on his face, Peter ate the chocolates every day. However, he never shared the chocolates with his classmates. Some classmates looked at his sweets and wished they could taste them. None of the classmates sat with Peter during the lunch meal because he never shared his sweets. He chose the candy over having friends.
One day, his mother did not give Peter any sweets--it was Lent. His family was fasting from extra food for 40 days of Lent. Peter really missed the candy.
Soon, the other children saw Peter eating his lunch without the sweets. They felt sorry for Peter because he was sitting alone. Then a table of five children invited him to join them since they had an extra chair at their table. After a short time, Peter made five new friends. They always had fun. They laughed. They told stories. They even played together after school.
When Lent was over Peter's mother gave him four pieces of candy again. However, Peter asked his mother for two more pieces, so he could have five chocolate pieces to share with his new friends. With a huge smile, his mother gave Peter six pieces everyday. Peter learned that being a friend means sharing more than smiles and fun. It means sharing the sweets in our life, too.
Jesus tells us in the Gospel that we need to treat others the way we want to be treated. If you want others to share their friendship, we need to be a sharing friend.
Do to others as you would have them do to you. (Luke 6:31 )
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