Hello! I’ve just finished reading this wonderful fable by one Robert Henryson, “The Tale of the Lion and the Mouse” or, as he spells it in his quaint Scottish way: “The Taill of the Lyoun and the Mous.”
There is an important lesson to be learned from this tale! While you may not think yourself a relative to any of the beasts that make up this story, the moral stands strong! When faced with a transgression, be always kind and merciful, as I have exemplified in my life. When I was nailed to the cross, never did I attempt to injure or curse my assailants. I have forgiven all humanity for its sins. It is paramount that when you, no matter how insignificant you may feel in the grand scheme, are faced with cruelty or persecution, that you remain calm and just. Keep in mind the lessons that I gave on Earth, and find it in your heart to forgive those who transgress against you, much like the noble lion of the fable.
There is no justice or joy in revenge. It is a bloody ordeal that serves no one. What is truly just and joyous is finding yourself in the Kingdom of Heaven, your goodness being recognized. Seek not satisfaction, but salvation. While it may be enjoyable in the short term to see your enemies hurt, it will haunt you in the long term. There is no greater burden than sin, and believe you me, lust for revenge is a great sin.
There is great practicality in mercy as well! Much as the lion was helped thanks to his mercy, you may find yourself in the good graces of others as well. There is nothing more respectable than a merciful man.
Don’t stop forgivin’