Thursday, August 8, 2019


When the comedian Eddie Cantor was growing up on the lower East Side of New York City, he used to run errands for housewives in his tenement building. In exchange for a piece of cake or a chunk of salami, he did their grocery shopping for them. One thing puzzled him. They kept sending him to a grocery store ten blocks away when there were many other stores located closer. Eddie tried to figure out what was so special about this store. But all he could detect was that the grocer made lots of mistakes, as though he needed glasses. If an order called for a dozen rolls, the grocer counted out thirteen. He filled the milk jug well above the quart line. Instead of six bananas, he put in seven.

Cantor, with boyish pride in catching an adult error, pointed out the mistakes to the grocer. “Those aren’t mistakes,” said the grocer. “It never hurts to give a little extra!”

Jesus endorsed that same principle: “If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.”