When Buffaloes Fly!

No prophet is ever accepted in his own country

Luke 4:24
Jeremiah 1:4-5,17-19; Psalms 71:1-6,15-17; I Corinthians 12:31-13:13; Luke 4:21-30

You’ve heard the expression “what’s in a name?” Well you may be interested to know that in ancient times, certain Hindu names were used as an expression of gratitude for blessings received, or wishes fulfilled — or to show an association with an event, a time, a place or a person. For example, the name Dukhi means miserable or sorrowful — a name bestowed to ward off the envy of the gods. The name Sukhi, means at ease, tranquil or content — and was used to show prosperity.

In a modern day parable, brothers Sukhi (the optimist) and Dukhi (the pessimist) set off down the road just as a flock of birds swoop in. And just like that, Sukhi is wiping his head with his handkerchief. Seeing this, Dukhi asks, “why are you smiling with that mess on your head? You should be irritated!” Sukhi answers, “I smile because I thank God. I thank God for not making buffaloes fly!”

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