Ένας από τους μαθητές του Χριστού απόρησε με τη πράξη του ανθρώπου που είχε τα παχιά κρέατα και ρώτησε τον Χριστό:
-Δάσκαλε γιατί αρπάζει αυτός ο άνθρωπος το νεροζούμι από το χαλκί του διπλανού του αντί να φέρει μια σύκλα και να του βάλει κάμποσο από το δικό του παχύ ζουμί. Γιατί πέρνει από το λίγο και το βάλλει στο πολλή;
Τότε του λέγει ο Ιησούς Χριστός:
-Τούτος είναι ο άρχοντας και ο άλλος ο φτωχός. Ο άρχοντας δεν χορταίνει ποτέ του, όσα κι αν έχει θέλει πάντα να φάει από τον φτωχό.
Καταγράφηκε από τον Χαράλαμπο Επαμεινώνδα
Jesus along with his disciples started off on their way and after having walked for a very long time, they reached a place where they saw two large pots full of meat being cooked on the fire. In one of the pots, the meat was very chunky and full of fat. The fat was so much that it would overfload from the pot and fall into the fire which created a stink that one could smell from afar. In the other pot, there were some bones of which even a glass of fat could not have been produced from them.When a little bit of fat came from them, the man who was cooking the chunky meat, would take a spoon and secretly take from the pot of the other man which had virtually no fat in it, and put it in his own pot, which was overfloaded from the fat inside.
One of the disciples of Christ was looking with wonder at the act being taking place from the man who had the pot which was full of fat.He asked Christ:
- Rabbi, why is the man who has so much fat in his pot graping the watery meat juice from his neighbour's pot, instead of taking a bucket and putting some of the thick meat juice from his pot into the other man's pot. Why is he taking from the pot with such little meat juice and puts it in the pot which has so much of it?
- Jesus Christ said then:
This man is the one who is rich and the other man is the one who is poor. The rich man never gets satisfied no matter how much he has , and always wants to take away even the little owned by the poor man.
A Folktale from Cyprus
Written down by Charalambos Epaminondas
Translated from Greek by Noctoc