A template parable

A man was going down from Manchester to London, when he was afflicted by mental illness. It stripped him of his dignity and destroyed him, leaving him homeless and hanging around churches. A vicar happened to be coming to church, and when he saw the man, he walked down the side of the church to use another door. So too, a church elder, when he came near to the man and saw him, he also passed by the other side of the church.

But a Muslim, walked up to the man; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and listened to his worries, with grace and patience. Then he put the man in his own car, brought him to private hospital and helped to take care of him. The next day he took out his wallet and gave its contents to the Priory. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

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