THE RICH MAN OR POOR LAZARUS: WHICH SIDE GOD IS ON?
The only person in any parable to be given a name is Lazarus, meaning the compassion of God. What a consoling name for the man whose life on earth was in pain and poverty. Read the blessings and woes of Luke 6: 20-25. Lazarus, poor, hungry, lacking medical care, and unjustly treated, is the personification of the beatitudes. The rich man personifies the four woes. There is a vast gulf between them. Guess which side God is on.
There is no suggestion in the story that the rich man acquired his wealth by unjust means. His sin was in what he failed to do. Amos portrays the rich people who spend lavishly on their own entertainment while about the ruin of Joseph they do not care at all. Joseph, he of the technicolour dreamcoat, was not killed by his brothers … they merely planned to let him die.
Sins of omission are easily overlooked. Self-serving piosity frequently launders conscience of its social responsibilities. Charity has to be proactive, looking beyond self, taking the initiative, making the gesture, doing what is possible (Sylvester O’Flynn OFM Cap)
Wishing all Parishioners & Friends Happy and Blessed Sunday! – Fr Francis, MSP