Posted by: livingscripture | September 26, 2010

Twenty Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

 Lying at his door was a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who would gladly have eaten his fill of the scraps that fell from the rich man’s table.

                                                    Luke 16: 20-21              

 How should we live this Word

 Today’s readings put us on guard in the face of a false sense of well-being and of security, valuing and enjoying material goods without considering either God or our neighbor.  The Gospel’s parable overturns our values.  In his misery, Lazarus lived his life as a poor man as well as possible, without receiving help from those more fortunate.  “Dogs even used to come to lick his sores.’  This emphasizes the guilty indifference of the rich.  Well-being is not a sign of God’s blessing and poverty is not a sign of malediction.  In fact, we are all poor before God and we all need the salvation that comes from Him.  It is not important if we are rich or poor.  Let us listen to Paul’s words that resound for all of us, “Lay hold of eternal life to which you were called.”  Jesus ends the parable by indicating the need to listen to Moses and the prophets, that is, the Word of God.  Thus we can live a just life.  Instead, “If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead.”  They will not even have faith in Jesus, ‘who being rich made Himself poor for you so that you could become rich through His poverty’ (2 Cor. 8:9).

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will ask myself about the commitment I have in my life to really listen to God’s Word, seeking to live it daily.  God is Love and He encourages me to love everyone and to use material goods responsibly.

 God, our Father, I place my trust in You.  Grant that I may never be tempted to act unjustly or miserly, which cause darkness in me and suffocates the hope of others.

 The voice of Divo Barsotti, Contemporary Theologian and Mystic 

Charity implies the unity of humans that only Christ has accomplished.  Giving our wealth to the poor may be simply out of a sense of compassion.  It is charity if in this sentiment you live the mystery of being one with the person who suffers.  Nothing is yours that is not also of others, and nothing is of others that is not also yours.


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