the parable of the neighbours and the fruit trees
A rich man observed his garden and said to himself, “I must secure more fruit, for my fruit trees are old and can no longer produce enough to sell at the market.”
So the rich man quietly crossed his fence and entered the very small garden of his poor neighbour. He took many bags with him and emptied his neighbour’s fruit into them. When he had completely stripped his neighbour’s trees he went back home, and eventually sold the fruit for a high price.
The poor man, upon finding his trees stripped, said to himself, “I am no longer able to make a living selling my fruit. Now that I am in need I will go to my neighbour for help.” He went to his rich neighbour’s front door to see if he could find help to secure a meal for his family.
Upon seeing his poor neighbour on his property the rich man was furious. He called the authorities, and had the poor man arrested for trespassing.
When asked why he had trespassed on the rich man’s property, the poor man said, “I meant no harm, but simply wanted help to feed my family since my fruit has been stolen and we cannot earn enough to eat.” But the rich man responded, “You evil neighbour! You trespassed on my property, though you were not welcome. Now you will be sent away with those like you.”
Those who have ears to hear, let them hear.