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26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

September 26, 2010

HOW THE RICH ARE SAVED BY THE POOR

There is a basic question that this Gospel should cause us to ask:  “Why does God permit me to have this wealth?

That is to say, this Gospel does not condemn the wealthy; rather, it challenges those of us who have, to consider why God has allowed such wealth.

Too often, we think of helping the poor in terms of checks and donations – and while all those things are important, I wonder what it really teaches our children about what it means to live in this world and their responsibility to improve it?

I believe the sin of the rich man was not that he passed by Lazarus without giving him aid, but that he passed by Lazarus without seeing God in him; without recognizing his dignity.

We are saved by our ability to enter into relationship – we are saved by desiring to see God in all things and in every person.

CLICK HERE for the Readings for the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time: (Amos 6:1, 4-7; 1 Timothy 6:11-16; Luke 16: 19-31 )

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