"Bear one another's burdens and so you shall fulfill the law of Christ."
Partridges are very good to eat when they are baked in a pie. Once there was a man who made his living by catching partridges and selling them to the pie makers. He would wait until all the partridges gathered together to feed, then throw a large net over them and carry them away. The king of the partridges wondered how he could save his people from capture. He gathered all his flock together and cheeped a speech. "We get captured so much because we do not act together. The next time the man throws the net over us, each one must take a strand of the net in his beak and fly away with it all at once in the same direction."
The next time the man threw the net the king cheeped a signal, "One. Two. Three. Fly." Each bird took a strand of the net in his beak, and up went the net into the air. They all flew together and then dropped the net into a pond where the man could not find it again. But the hunter was patient. He knew all about partridges. He said to himself, "I have only to wait until they quarrel and throw another net over them." He waited for his chance. One day it came. The partridges were feeding. Two of them tried to eat the same crumb. "It's mine," said one bird. "No, it's mine," said the other. Then they began to fight. All the other birds took sides and soon there was a full-fledged quarrel going on. At this moment the man threw his new net. The king of the partridges gave his signal to lift, but the partridges on one side said, "Let the others do it." Those on the other side said, "You do it." While they were arguing the man gathered them up and sold them at a fancy profit to the pie makers.
Today's text is a good one to learn by heart. "Bear one another's burdens and so you shall fulfill the law of Christ." Children have to learn the lesson of co-operation or teamwork. What you cannot do alone, perhaps can be done if all work together. A man on a football team does not make a touchdown all by himself. He needs the help of his teammates. He needs them to punch a hole in the line and run interference for him. Working together means praying for one another, helping one another, not causing others to sin, setting good example, being kind. As a special assignment for this week, go home and just for one week, at least, see how kind you can be to your brother or sister. "Bear ye one another's burdens and so you shall fulfill the law of Christ."
Source: "Heirs of the Kingdom," Imprimatur 1949