16. Jesus and the Jug of Water

Jesus and his companion drank from a stream.
"How sweet this water is!" Jesus said.
They filled a jug with water from the stream and continued their journey.
When Jesus felt thirsty, he drank from the jug but immediately spat it out. "I don't understand!" he exclaimed. "It's the same water. Why does it taste bitter?"
The jug itself answered Jesus. "I'm old as earth, made and remade many times, taking many forms; this time my form is that of a jug. I always carry the bitterness of death, and it is death's bitterness you just tasted in my water."

Inspired by: The Conference of the Birds by Farid Ud-Din Attar, translated by S. C. Nott
Notes: This is in section 26: Jesus and the Pitcher of Water.

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