The Parable of The Twins
from Chris Cohen - May 2009
the aftermath of Easter and in the style of the parable, which Jesus used
effectively, I offer the following, for your reflection.
upon a time, twin boys were conceived in the same womb. Weeks passed, and
the twins developed. As their awareness grew, they laughed for joy:
Isn’t it great that we were conceived? Isn’t it great to be alive?”
the twins explored their world. When they found their mother’s cord that
gave them life, they sang for joy: “How great is our mother’s love,
that she shares her own life with us!”
weeks stretched into months, the twins noticed how much each was changing.
“What does it mean?” asked the one. “It means that our stay in this
world is drawing to an end,” said the other. “But I don’t want to
go,” said the other one. “I want to stay here always.” “We
have no choice,” said the other. But maybe there is life after birth!”
“But how can there be?” responded the one. “We will shed our life
cord, and how is life possible without it? Besides, we have seen evidence
that others were here before us, and none of them have returned to tell us that
there is life after birth. No, this is the end.”
so the one fell into despair, saying, “If conception ends in birth, what is
the purpose of life in the womb? It’s meaningless!
there is no mother after all?” But there has to be,” protested the
other. “How else did we get here? How do we remain alive?”
you ever seen our mother?” said the one. “Maybe she lives only in our minds.
Maybe we made her up, because the idea made us feel good?’
so the last days in the womb were filled with deep questioning and fear.
Finally, the moment of birth arrived.
the twins had passed from their world, they opened their eyes and cried for joy.
For what they saw exceeded their fondest dreams.