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Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time (YEAR 2013)

Meditation on Today's Scripture:
The name Lazarus means God is my help. Despite a life of bad luck and suffering, Lazarus did not lose hope in God. His eyes were set on a treasure stored up for him in heaven. The rich man, however, could not see beyond his material wealth and possessions. He not only had everything he needed, he selfishly spent all he had on himself. He was too absorbed in what he possessed to notice the needs of those around him. He lost sight of God and the treasure of heaven because he was preoccupied with seeking happiness in material things. He served wealth rather than God. In the end the rich man became a beggar! In this story Jesus paints a spectacular scene of contrasts riches and poverty, heaven and hell, sympathy and indifference, inclusion and exclusion. We also see an abrupt and dramatic reversal of fortune. Lazarus was not only poor, but sick and unable to lift himself. He was “laid” at the gates of the rich man’s house. The dogs which licked his sores almost certainly also stole the little bread he got for himself. Dogs in the ancient world symbolized dislike. Enduring the anguish of these savage dogs only added to the poor man’s miseries and sufferings. The rich man treated the beggar with contempt and indifference, until he found his fortunes reversed at the end of his life! In God's economy, those who hold on possessively to what they have, lose it all in the end, while those who share generously receive back many times more than they gave way.
Word of the Day...
Psalm 119:133Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
Prayer ...
Father, we thank you for sending Jesus. Jesus, we thank you for sending the Spirit. Spirit, we thank you for never leaving us alone. As we are filled with the Spirit, O Lord, so fill us more and more until our will and our life more perfectly reflect your desires and character. Use us to bless others just as your presence now blesses us. In Infant Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
Today's Readings ... (September 29, 2013)
Day: Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time (YEAR 2013)
Lectionary: 138
Colour: Green
First Reading: Am 6:1a, 4-7
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 146:7, 8-9, 9-10
Second Reading: 1 Tm 6:11-16
Gospel: Luke 16:19-31
Listen to Readings:
Today's Scripture: Luke 16:19-31
19"There was a rich man, who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. 20 And at his gate lay a poor man named Laz'arus, full of sores, 21 who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man's table; moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died and was buried; 23 and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes, and saw Abraham far off and Laz'arus in his bosom. 24 And he called out, `Father Abraham, have mercy upon me, and send Laz'arus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in anguish in this flame.' 25 But Abraham said, `Son, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Laz'arus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.' 27 And he said, `Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father's house, 28 for I have five brothers, so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.' 29 But Abraham said, `They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.' 30 And he said, `No, father Abraham; but if some one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.' 31 He said to him, `If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced if some one should rise from the dead.'"


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