A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package. The mouse thought to himself, "What food might this contain?" He was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap. Dejected, he retreated to the farmyard, but with this declaration: "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!
As the chicken clucked and scratched, she raised her head and said, "Mr. Mouse, I can tell you are gravely concerned, but it is of no consequence to me! I can not be bothered by it or you!"
The mouse then turned to the pig and told him the horrible news, "There is a mousetrap in the house!" The pig sympathized with the mouse and said, "I am so very sorry for you, Mr. Mouse, but what do you want from me, just be well and stay safe!"
The mouse feeling very alone with his burden, turned to the cow and said, "There is a mousetrap in the house!" The cow looked down at the mouse with and with compassion in his voice said, "Oh my, Mr. Mouse. I am so sorry for you, but what can I do about it? I never go into the house!"
So the mouse returned to the house, head down and discouraged. He would have to face the farmer's mousetrap all alone. In one of his darkest hours of the night he peered through the gap in the wall at the mousetrap, with great concern.
Later that night a sound was heard throughout the house, the sound of the mousetrap catching its prey. The farmer's wife rushed to see if the little mouse had been caught. In the darkness, she did not see that it was a venomous snake, whose tail the trap had seized. The injured snake quickly lurched and bit the farmer's wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital, where the doctors treated her then sent her home.
Soon he realized his wife had a fever, knowing you treat a fever with liquids, the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard. There he found the chicken and he returned to the house to make his wife some chicken soup.
His wife's sickness continued, their friends and neighbors came to sit visit her. To feed them, the farmer went to the farmyard once more and he butchered the pig.
His wife however, did not get well; soon she died. Many people came to her funeral and the farmer had to once more, go to the farmyard so that the cow could be slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them.
The little mouse had watched all of this from the fractured wall of his home, with great sadness. All his farmyard friends were now gone.
So the next time you hear of someone who is facing a mountain in their life and you think it doesn't concern you... remember the mouse... in the house... with the mousetrap and the chicken that couldn't be bothered... the pig who said, "be well, be safe...." and the cow who didn't know what he could do.
Then shall he answer them, saying, "Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me." Matthew 25:45