Sunday 25 September

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Gospel – Luke 16:19-31
The rich man in this parable has no name. Whereas the poor man has a name, “Lazarus”. The poor person has an identity. What is his or her identity? The identity of the poor person is that his or her name is known to God. It is personal. So, the distance you make from the pain of the poor person is the distance you make from God. The rich man in the parable has no name. That means each one of us can be this rich man whenever we try to live in our world of selfishness without seeing the pain of the suffering and the needy. Thus, creating the great gulf between ourselves, and God. Another point of reflection is the silence suffering of Lazarus and the crying out of the rich man in Hades. Lazarus accepted his situation in silence and just “longed to fill himself with the scraps that fell from the rich man’s table”. Sometimes we also find ourselves in the place of Lazarus. This attitude of Lazarus always challenges us to avoid our continuous complaining of our difficulties. The attitude of Lazarus always challenges us to be satisfied with what is possible. The last point of reflection is, “If they will not listen either to Moses or to the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone should rise from the dead”. Acknowledge the voice of the Word of God already in you and embrace conversion.