Sunday, September 29, 2019
Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Today's Gospel (Luke 16:19-31) has Jesus telling the Pharisees the story of the rich man who dined sumptuously each day while there was a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who would have loved to have even the scraps that fell from the table. Dogs would come and lick the sores of Lazarus. When he died, he was carried to the bosom of Abraham. When the rich man died, he was in torment in the netherworld and begged that Lazarus could come and give him even a dip of water from the tip of his finger. But, "Abraham replied, 'My child, remember that you received what was good during your lifetime while Lazarus received what was bad; but now he is comforted here, whereas you are tormented.'"
This is my summary of a very powerful story told by Jesus to make us all heed and remember that we have an obligation to look out for others, to share, and not be greedy and mean. Jesus gave us the Beatitudes and the first is "Blessed are the poor in spirit,..."
This could be a fruitful Gospel for all of us to meditate on today.