Twenty-Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Liturgy of the Word for September 29, 2013 (NAB) Lectionary: 138
Reflection begins at 5:34 minute mark.
Sunday September 29, 2013
Reading 1: Amos 6:1,4-7
Amos was a prophet and a shepherd originally from the southern kingdom of Judah, who was sent by God to the northern kingdom of Israel around 786 B.C. This happened to be a time when some people were busy making a lot of money but losing their souls. The overall message of Amos is “woe to the complacent”. While the wealthy enjoyed their nice homes, good foods, and parties they were blinded to the poor around them. While Amos does not condemn wealth, he does condemn the selfish use of wealth.
Reading 2 1 Timothy 6:11-16
Gospel: Luke 16:19-31
In our reading from the Gospel of Luke I am reminded of a homily by my former pastor, in which this reading was given the title “The Man who went to Hell for Doing Nothing”. This reading indeed describes a rich man in Hell for not for what he DID, but what he did NOT do. Was it the rich man’s fault that Lazarus suffered? Yes and no. The story doesn’t say whether the rich man inflicted intentional suffering on Lazarus which would clearly have been evil. However, the evil is what the Rich Man failed to do — the fact that he did nothing to ease Lazarus’ suffering. In our general confession at Mass, also known as the Confiteor, we are reminded of our Sins of omission, in other words, not only what I have done, but also what I have failed to do. Like the first reading from the prophet Amos, we are called not to be complacent….but to SEEK OPPORTUNTIES TO DO GOOD. It has been suggested that in the end perhaps our greatest regrets will be all the Good things we could have done but chose not to. Throughout scripture we see God’s attention is drawn to those who suffer. This story is meant to give us pause. How often do we truly seek out the suffering in order to render mercy in the same way the God does?
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Chris Zabriskie: The Temperature of Air on the Bow of the Kaleetan
Jamie Evans: Opening Doors