FROM THE PASTOR
Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 25, 2016
On this Twenty‐sixth Sunday, September 24/25, we are called by Jesus in Luke (16:19‐31) through the story of the rich man and Lazarus to show compassion to the poor and marginalized. This is probably the most graphic parable about the disparity between the rich and poor. What is very clear from this parable is that the indifference of the rich man (also called Dives) wouldn't allow him to see the misery of Lazarus. This attitude of extreme selfishness leading to alienation from God and neighbor is totally contrary to a life of gratitude and service. He is foolish because he never gets beyond thinking only about himself and his pleasures and comforts. We know that all human life is unpredictably short and meant to be lived for others. Money and possessions can become a trap and an obstacle to Life in Christ! We know that we cannot be indifferent to the cry of the poor! We know that God's judgment swiftly follows death! Again, there are two obvious lessons of this parable: 1.) it is foolhardy to live for oneself and 2.) it is foolhardy to be unjust to the poor and marginalized of the world! May we live our lives for God and for others especially the poor and needy through Christ our Lord! This is exactly how St. Francis of Assisi lived his life whom we celebrate next week with the Blessing of Animals on October 2nd.
Blessings Upon All,