1st Reading: Jer.17:5-10
Responsorial Psalm: Ps.l (R.v.Ps.40:4)
Happy the man who has placed his trust in the Lord.
Gospel Acclamation! Lk.8:15
Glory & praise to you…! Blessed are those who, with noble & generous heart, take the word of God to themselves & yield a harvest through their perseverance. Glory & praise to you…!
Gospel Reading: Lk.16:19-31
Theme: Charity: A yardstick of last judgment!
Jesus told the Pharisees the parable of a rich man who always dressed magnificently, sat & feasted all days. Lazarus, sick & poor came begging at his house & nothing was offered him.
The rich man’s dog came & licked the sores of Lazarus. Both died & while Lazarus was taken to the bosom of Abraham, the rich man went to hades.
From his place of suffering, the rich man saw Lazarus & beckoned on Abraham to send Lazarus to dip his finger in water & cool his thirst, but Abraham told him that he enjoyed good things while Lazarus had bad things when they were on earth. Above all, a big gulf was created to prevent anybody moving from one side to another.
The rich man then begged that Lazarus be sent to his family to warn his brothers, but Abraham told him that it wouldn’t be necessary because the prophets were there. He insisted that somebody must go to them, but Abraham told him that where they failed to listen to the prophets, they wouldn’t also listen even if somebody should visit from the dead.
While it is true that we are entitled to use our goods at our discretion, & that charity is something done out of one’s volition, the story of Lazarus & the rich man has taught us otherwise. It is one of the yardsticks of judgement!
Dearest people of God, the wealth of the world is not resting proportionately in our different hands. While some have more than they need, many have barely enough, & so many have nothing to hold on to. It is our duty then to strike a little balance by sharing whatever we have.
This parable brings to our knowledge that we are not even free not to share our goods. In fact, it is a sine-qua-non (very necessary) because it is one of the bases God would surely use to judge us. It therefore becomes a gross omission, negligence & even criminal not to feed the hungry, cloth the naked, visit the sick etc when we have what it takes to do them.
Once we miss the opportunity now, we may never have it again. Let us move into action immediately to make good our defects. Our judgement would be mainly based on; “I was hungry you gave me food to eat, thirsty you gave me water to drink, naked you clothed me, a stranger you welcome me, sick & in prison you visited me (Mt.25:35-36).
🙏Let us pray: Heavenly Father, make us take notice of the needs of our brethren & work towards alleviating them to the extent our resources can carry. Amen!
🙏We pray for all those who criminally neglect the needs of those around them. May they feel their pains & render help the much their resources can support. Amen!
God is really at work! Charity covers multitude of sin!