The rich man and the bag

THERE once was a rich man who was near death. He was very grieved because he had worked so hard for his money

and he wanted to be able to take it with him to heaven. So he began to pray that he might be able to take some of his

wealth with him.

An angel hears his plea and appears to him. “Sorry, but you can’t take your wealth with you.” The man implores the

angel to speak to God to see if He might bend the rules.

The man continues to pray that his wealth could follow him. The angel reappears and informs the man that God has

decided to allow him to take one suitcase with him. Overjoyed, the man gathers his largest suitcase and fills it with

pure gold bars and places it beside his bed.

Soon afterward he dies and shows up at the Gates of Heaven to greet St. Peter. St. Peter seeing the suitcase says,

“Hold on, you can’t bring that in here!”

But, the man explains to St. Peter that he has permission and asks him to verify his story with the Lord. Sure

enough, St.Peter checks and comes back saying, “You’re right. You are allowed one carry-on bag, but I’m supposed

to check its contents before letting it through.”

St. Peter opens the suitcase to inspect the worldly items that the man found too precious to leave behind and

exclaims, “You brought pavement?”


6 thoughts on “The rich man and the bag

  1. Life after delivery…?


    One asked the other: “Do you believe in life after delivery?”

    The other replied, “why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.”

    “Nonsense,” said the other. “There is no life after delivery. What would that life be?”

    “I don’t know, but it will be brighter than in here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths.”

    The other baby responded: “This is absurd! Walking is impossible. And eat with our mouths? Ridiculous. The umbilical cord supplies nutrition. Life after delivery is to be excluded. The umbilical cord is too short.”

    “I think there is something and maybe it’s different than it is here.”

    The other replied, “No one has ever come back from there. Delivery is the end of life, and in the after-delivery it is nothing but darkness and anxiety and it takes us nowhere.”

    “Well, I don’t know,” said the other, “but certainly we will see mother and she will take care of us.”

    “Mother? You believe in mother? Where is she now?”

    “She is all around us. It is in her that we live. Without her there would not be this world.”

    “I don’t see her, so it’s only logical that she doesn’t exist.”

    To which the other replied, “Sometimes when you are in silence you can hear her, you can perceive her.”

    Perhaps we are like these two babies.

    If there is a Creator “mother” and a reality after “delivery”, we are here on earth to prepare ourselves for the life that is yet to come.

    CHALLENGE newspaper—Dec. 2014

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  2. A new religious teacher transferred to a class mid term wanted to know how well the students understood the syllabus so far. He decided to start from the last topic the previous teacher had taught.

    Teacher:~ “Hello class, who broke down the walls of Jericho?”

    There was a full minute of absolute silence. All the students just stared at him blankly. The teacher then pointed at the students in the front desk to answer the question. The students began responding.

    Amos:~ “Sir I’m a new student here, I just started this school last week”

    John:~ “Sir the day the walls was broken I didn’t come to school, I swear”

    MARY:~ “Sir I only passed by the walls of Jericho, I didn’t even touch it, as it was already broken when I passed it”

    Rufus:~ “Sir, I didn’t even know the walls had been broken, until you mentioned it now”

    The teacher became so shocked and infuriated….

    Teacher:~ “What!!!”

    He screamed….The Students began murmuring amongst themselves, that the new teacher is so mean. The teacher, shocked by their ignorance, stormed tothe principals office to tell him what happened. The principal kindly responded.

    Principal:~ “Sorry About that. You know how mischievous these students can be? Always destroying things and later denying it. But be rest assured, this matter would be fully investigated.Just write down the total cost in fixing the said wall, and at the next PTA meeting the issue would be discussed”


    • I am impressed, not by any humour here, as I seem to have lost my sense of humour, but by the teacher’s attitude – infuriated and screaming. My schools had a variety of R.E. teachers, but none like this.


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