Samuel Rayan, Indian theologian, Died at 98

Samuel Rayan was born on July 23. 1920, at Kumbalam in Kollam District and died on January 2 2019.

He was an Indian Roman Catholic theologian.

Samuel was known as being a proponent of a form of liberation theology.

Kerala into a family of eight children 2 girls and 6 boys.

In 1939 he entered Jesuit order.

Samuel was ordained priest on 24 March 1955.

Born in and brought up in a village in Kerala, Samuel devoted many years to the study of Malayalam literature.

Samuel mastered Sanskrit and is well read in Indian religions and philosophy.

Kozhikode in Kerala where Samuel was undergoing old age ailments.

In 1991 a Festschrift was published in Samuel honor.

In honour of is work on the occasion of his seventieth birth anniversary included contributions by Gustavo Gutiérrez, George Soares-Prabhu, and Jon Sobrino.

Being a radical humanist, he is convinced that the human person in community is the object of God’s special love.

He speaks for care of the earth, concern for life and commitment to people.

He theologizing is deeply rooted in his life, his land and his commitment to Jesus.

According to he theology is a reminder of the great demands of the Kingdom.

For him the central mission of the Christian faith is its insertion into the concrete and daily life of the people, especially of the most marginalized and oppressed members of the social body.

As he says Rice is for sharing, bread must be broken and given.

Every bowl, every belly shall have its fill, to leave a single bowl unfilled is to rob history of its meaning; to grab many a bowl for myself is to empty history of God.

He passed away at 98 years old.