My Dear St. Bernadette Family,
From the story, we might draw the inference that Lazarus died because of neglect. They who should have been there for him were not. Those who should have been binding up his sores were letting the dogs lick them. Those who should have opened their doors to him, left him on the street to die.
The sin of the rich man was not just a lack of attention to Lazarus. To what did he attribute to his great wealth? Did he not realize his wealth and/or his ability to earn such wealth was a gift from God…for a purpose. God was depending on him to help Lazarus and he let God down. Instead, he “feasted splendidly every day.”
We have a choice, generosity or greed. We can give thanks to God and seek to serve God with all we have or we can “feast splendidly every day” ourselves. Generosity is the duty of the Christian. Generosity with our time, talent and treasure. God’s precious children are suffering, not because there is a shortage of food, clothing and shelter, but because there is a shortage of generous disciples who live their faith.
This gospel story stings us when we look at our wastefulness. This gospel story challenges us when we blame others for their own suffering or claim they are not our responsibility. This gospel story is a lesson taught to us by Jesus himself.
Today’s Readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/092516.cfm
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