Reply to Divotional thoughts by Jose Kurian Puliyeril
The content of the message is that a rich man should
help the poor and the needy according to his richness.
But the bible words teach us that a rich man's wish
and ignorance that he can inherit eternal life with
his richness. Jesus replies that richness is not
the criteria for inheriting the enternal life. Though
he was rich, he was not following the five commandments
pointed out by Jesus. Jesus might have known that he
became rich by foul means not obeying the commandments
in his life. That is why He said to the richman to
obey commandments lest he does sins again. But the rich
man argued that he was following them from his childhood.
Jesus understood his mind and put him in a trap and told
him " You still lack onething.Sell all that you have
and distribute to the poor". He was so sorrowful and
left the place since he loves richness more than the
In this world there are many rich people who help the
poor and needy, giving donations to charity and churches.
But they do not follow the commandments often. In this
world they get the due respect and admiration but what
about the "eternal life"?.Jesus shows that his richness
and good deeds will not help him to inherit the eternal
life if he did not follow the commandments. Surely the
bible words are for the rich who do not follow a true
christian life and who thinks his richness is great
than a Godfearing life.