26th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published on Sep 28th, 2019 by Parish Office | 0

My Dear St. Bernadette Family

We dream of winning the lottery and becoming very rich. We promise that if we win we will use our new wealth to serve the poor, keeping just a small portion for our own reward. “Then”, we say, “I will care for Lazarus lying at my door.”

News flash, you are not going to hit the lottery jackpot and Lazarus is at your door right now. It doesn’t take a lot of money to pay attention to one another. In fact, history shows us, winning the lotto will make us more self-absorbed, less generous and likely to move to a gated community which keeps Lazarus out.

The problem the rich man had was that he didn’t notice Lazarus lying there nor the opportunity to help him. It is not riches that blind us to those in need around us, it is just blindness. What we need is the ability to see our brother and sister, to care about them, feeling their pain, loneliness, fear or sadness. Then, no matter what we have in the bank, we will reach out with kindness and caring and do the right thing.

With love,
Fr. Tom.

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