The Monkey's Paw
by Fr. Jack McArdle with Aneel Aranha
For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. (Matthew 6:14-15)
In the old days there was a very reliable way of catching monkeys in Africa.
A hole was scooped out of a tree, and some nuts were placed in the hole. A monkey would came along and discovering the nuts would grab a fist of them, only to find that with his fist full, he couldn't withdraw his paw.
Extraordinary as it may seem, the monkey would be so determined to get the nuts out, he wouldn't release his hold on the nuts even when he heard hunters approaching. They would throw a net over him and catch him without any fuss.
When we do not forgive those who hurt us and keep resentment and anger locked in our hearts, we act just like monkeys with nuts locked in their hands.
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