Gospel Reflection for September 25, 2016, 26th Sunday Ordinary Time

21 Sep

Sunday Readings: Amos 6.1, 4-7; 1 Timothy 6.11-16; Luke 16.19-31

“Once there was a rich man who dressed in royal purple and fine linen. He ate splendidly every day. At the rich man’s gate lay a beggar, a man named Lazarus, who was covered with sores. Lazarus wished he had even the scraps from the rich man’s table to eat. But he didn’t. Dogs came and licked his sores.”

(Luke 16.19-21)

The fortunes of the two characters in Jesus’ story reverse at death. The poor beggar Lazarus rests in the bosom of Abraham, an image of belonging to God. Thirst and heart torment the rich man who enjoyed so many creature comforts when he lived. The great abyss that yawns between Lazarus and the rich man in the abode of the dead already existed in the distance between them when they lived. Such abysses between rich and poor, suburb and city, city and country, racial and ethnic groups leave us ignorant of one another and ready to demonize out of fear.

What can you do to meet, mix with, and connect with people unlike yourself?

 

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