Deacon Anthony Cincotta
The Rich Man and Lazarus
Memorial Feast: Saint Patrick (c.385-+461)—Bishop, Patron Saint of Ireland
Jeremiah 17:5-10, Psalm 1:1-2, 3, 4, 6, Luke 16:19-31
Today's Gospel account is the story of Lazarus and the rich man. Lazarus was a poor man, and his body was covered with sores. He begged for food outside of the rich man's door. The prosperous man was dressed in fine linen clothing and ate only the most luxurious meals. Even though Lazarus was present daily, the rich man ignored him.
These two men died within a few days of each other. When Lazarus died, he was immediately taken to heaven by angels to Abraham's bosom. Shortly afterward, the rich man died and was buried. He did not go to heaven. Instead, he went to the netherworld, where he suffered great torment.
The rich man called out to Abraham and begged him to send Lazarus to him with some water. However, Abraham reminded the rich man that he had received many gifts and graces while while Lazarus suffered while they were alive, and now their positions are reversed.
Friends, today is a good day to ask ourselves what do we sow in our daily lives? Is it love, care, concern, peace, joy, generosity, negativity, self-centeredness, greed, and criticism? May we be mindful of our choices in life.
Prayer: "Blessed are they who hope in the Lord."