Sunday 25 September 2022

About Today Readings

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Amos 6:1, 4-7. Praise the Lord, my soul! – Psalm 145(146):6-10. 1 Timothy 6:11-16. Luke 16:19-31.

God invites us to meet him in the poor and oppressed

The detail in Luke’s parable is vivid and disturbing. ‘Dogs even came’, he writes ‘and licked his sores.’ Lazarus is the poor man outside the unnamed rich man’s house. The rich man is not recorded as having done anything to Lazarus. He has not directly caused his misfortune and suffering. He has benefited from systems and structures that have been detrimental to the man on his doorstep, and he has done nothing about this.

The rich man, the parable suggests, has given none of his attention to Lazarus. The figure of Lazarus has not been one he has gazed on, let alone befriended. The gulf that exists between them in the afterlife is surely a result of this inattention. An unwillingness to give attention and time to those who are marginalised and deprived separates us from God, who invites us to meet him in the poor and oppressed.

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