FROM THE PULPIT: Don’t let greed choke you to death

Published: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 06:37 PM.

A tale passed down the generations offers an enlightening lesson. It goes like this:

Once upon a time, a white knight seeking adventure found a village where legend told of an ogre in a pit. Several courageous men had climbed into the pit, but none returned.

The white knight declared he would battle the terrible ogre.

He noticed the pit’s narrow opening and stripped himself of armor and unnecessary clothing. He took only a long dagger, which he tied around his neck with a leather strap, and lowered himself into the hole.

Soon he felt the chamber’s cool, smooth floor. It took several minutes for his eyes to adjust to the darkness, but he focused on a large mound. He noticed his predecessors’ bones, along with their assorted weapons.

Suddenly, the pit’s inhabitant surprised him. He didn’t anticipate that the ogre would be as tall as a rabbit. The ogre waved his arms and screeched with its squeaky voice, trying to appear as fierce as possible.

The white knight picked up a sword from the floor and prepared for battle, but quick as a rat, the ogre scurried into a hole.

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