“The Pig and the Hen”

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And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he a them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?”  Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.  And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength’. Mark 12:28-30

The Pig and the Hen

To explain the difference between being committed and being involved, it is important to note the nuance that distinguishes them and that is very clear with the fable of the pig and the chicken:

A hen and a pig walked along the road one day, when the hen told the pig, “Hey pig, what do you think about joining and opening a restaurant?”

The pig considered the proposal and replied, “I think it's a good idea. What would we call it?”

The hen thought a little and answered: “Why don’t we call it 'Eggs with ham'?

The pig stopped, paused and replied, “I think I'm not going to open a restaurant with you. If so, I would be committed, but you would only be involved."

ARE YOU A PIG OR A HEN? Eggs or ham? When a chicken lays an egg, it gives something of itself ... it delivers something important but a pig is given, it is sacrificed ... it is given entirely. 

It is said that on one occasion a woman who had a farm, asked her husband at night, my love, what do you think you want for breakfast tomorrow? To which he replied, I feel like having eggs with ham, to which she responded very well and they fell asleep.

The story tells us that the animals of the farm quickly spread the word (tomorrow they will have breakfast with ham). When this came to the ears of the pig, the only pig of the farm, he began to cry inconsolably, "no, it can’t be, eggs with ham, my God, please, eggs without ham." Listening the hen plead says, “It's not that bad". To which the pig replied, "for you it does not mean much since in that breakfast you are only involved, you are going to give an egg, but I am committed".

Do not settle for just being involved in the purposes of God commit to the dreams of God and then if you truly find fulfillment of joy in your daily life. Egg or Ham? It's up to you.

- Jaime Restrepo