Virtue of the Week: Morality

One Fish

Once upon a time Michael the Archangel and St. Paul and went for a short stroll around Jerusalem. They saw a poor looking rabbi begging. St. Paul felt pity at him and he gave him a bag full of 100 gold denarii. The rabbi became very happy and thanked St. Paul. He left for his temple. On way, he saw another person who needed help. The rabbi could have spared a coin or two to help that person. however, he chose to ignore it. But on way to his home, one thief robbed him of his bag of gold denarii and ran away.

The rabbi became dejected and went back again for begging. Next day again when St. Paul saw the same priest begging and he was surprised that after getting a bag full of gold denarii which can last a lifetime, the rabbi was still begging! He called the rabbi and asked him the reason for this. The rabbi told him about the whole incident and St. Paul again felt pity at him. So, this time he gave him a diamond.

The rabbi became very happy and left for his temple and he again saw someone who needed help but he chose to ignore again. Upon reaching his temple, he safely put the diamond in an empty pot of water with a plan to cash it out later and live a wealthy life. His wife was not at home. He was very tired so he decided to take a nap. In between, his wife came home and picked up that empty pot of water, walked towards the river close by to fill up the water. She had not noticed the diamond in the pot. Upon arriving at the river, she put the whole pot into the running river water to fill it up. She filled up the pot but the diamond was gone with the water flow!

When the rabbi woke up, he went to see the pot and asked his wife about the diamond. She told him, she had not noticed it and it must have been lost in the river. The rabbi couldn’t believe his bad luck and again started begging. Again St. Paul and Michael the Archangel saw him begging and St. Paul inquired about it. St. Paul felt bad and started thinking if this rabbi will ever have a happy life.

St. Michael the Archangel who is a direct messenger of God smiled. St. Michael the Archangel then gave that rabbi one coin which was not even enough for buying a lunch or dinner for one person. St. Paul asked St. Michael the Archangel, “Master, I gave him gold coins and diamond, which could have given him a wealthy life, yet it didn’t help him. How will just one coin help this poor guy?” St. Michael the Archangel smiled and told St. Paul to follow that rabbi and find out.

On the way, the rabbi was thinking that one coin St. Michael the Archangel gave him, he can’t even buy a lunch for one person. Why would he give so little? He saw a fisherman who was getting a fish out of his net. Fish was struggling and acted like it was sick. The rabbi felt pity at fish. He thought that this one coin won’t solve my problem, why not I save that fish. So the rabbi paid the fisherman and took the fish. He took the fish to the edge of the sea of Galilee and gently laid him in the water.

The fish continued to struggle and then suddenly, through up a diamond from his mouth! The rabbi screamed with a joy, “I got it, I got it”. At that same point, the thief who had robbed the rabbi’s bag of 100 gold demarii, was passing through there. He thought that the rabbi recognized him and may get him punished. He got nervous and ran to the rabbi. He apologized to the rabbi and returned his bag full of 100 gold denarii. The rabbi couldn’t believe what just happened.

St. Paul saw all this and said, “Oh Master, Now I understand your work”.

Moral: When you have enough to help others, don’t let that chance go. Your good deeds will always be repaid to you.

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Mankind’s moral sense is not a strong beacon light, radiating outward to illuminate in sharp outline all that it touches. It is, rather, a small candle flame, casting vague and multiple shadows, flickering and sputtering in the strong winds of power and passion, greed and ideology. But brought close to the heart and cupped in one’s hands, it dispels the darkness and warms the soul.John Wilson