Sunday 29th September, 2013
26th Sunday in Ordinary Time. G. Amos 6:1, 4-7. Praise the Lord, my soul! Ps 145(146):6-10. 1 Timothy 6:11-16. Luke 16:19-31.
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‘Now Lazarus is being comforted while you are in agony.’
‘It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God’ (Matthew 19:24). This teaching of Jesus is exemplified in the parable of the rich man and Lazarus - the only parable in which a character is named.
The rich man not only fails to minister to the needs of the beggar, he is indifferent to his plight or even culpably unaware of his existence. There is no room for the likes of Lazarus either at his table or in his heart. The rich man resembles the pagan gods of whom the psalmist said: ‘They have eyes, but they do not see’ (Psalm 135:16). Lord, help me to recognise my brother Lazarus whenever he appears in my life.