Daily Feast Reflection (Friday, 27 September)

Scripture: Luke 16:19-31

"There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich man's table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores. The poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was being tormented, he looked up and saw Abraham far away with Lazarus by his side. He called out, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in agony in these flames.' But Abraham said, 'Child, remember that during your lifetime you received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in agony. Besides all this, between you and us a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who might want to pass from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.' He said, 'Then, father, I beg you to send him to my father's house-for I have five brothers-that he may warn them, so that they will not also come into this place of torment.' Abraham replied, 'They have Moses and the prophets; they should listen to them.' He said, 'No, father Abraham; but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.' He said to him, 'If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.'"

Reflection: The ever-widening gap between the rich and the poor is one of the mot important issues of our day. The obvious "moral of the story" expressed in this parable is that if you do not cross the gaping chasm between the rich and the poor in this life, you will not be able to do it in the next. For those who hoard and have more than their share on this earth, there is no respite to be offered in the life to come. Warnings and messages come in every form, but they remain unheeded. In the final day, this chasm cannot be crossed.       G. Penny Nixon

Response: Imaging hearing this text from within a group of people, some of whom are rich, some poor. How might this message be heard differently by each?

Prayer: Lord help me see the differences between my life of plenty, and the lives of those who wonder where their next meal might be found. Give the faith to not keep for myself that which I do not need. Amen