18. Jesus and the Fool

A fool chased Jesus through the wilderness; Jesus fled as though from a lion.
"Why are you fleeing?" shouted the fool.
"I'm fleeing from you, fool!"
"But aren't you Jesus who heals the deaf and the blind?"
"Who brings life to birds made of clay?"
"Then why are you afraid of me?" asked the fool.
"I can heal the sick and I can quicken lifeless matter, but there is nothing I can do for the fools. I have tried to save them, but a fool's heart is hard; it is the sand in which no green can grow."

Inspired by: The English prose version of Rumi in Tales from the Masnavi by A. J. Arberry.
Notes: This is story 83 in the book. The story of Jesus and the clay birds is in the Koran, Sura 5 verse 110.

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