A Moment with the Bishop, Bishop Donald J. Hying – September 11 – Rich Man and Lazarus

A Moment with the Bishop, Bishop Donald J. Hying – September 11 – Rich Man and Lazarus


So, in Luke 16, we have the arable of the
Rich man and Lazarus. John Paul the Second, when he celebrated a Mass in Shea Stadium in New York, in his pastoral visit to the States in 1979, used this as
the gospel text. He said we are called, as Catholic disciples of the Lord, to
translate this parable into action. We see in this parable that this rich man
who is enjoying his wealth, and lives in his own self-contained world of
self-sufficiency. Right outside his door is this poor man named Lazarus, who is in
need of food, attention, and medical care. It seems to me that, the rich man’s sin
isn’t so much that he’s rich – that he has all these possessions, but that his
self-satisfaction, his self-absorption blinds him from even seeing Lazarus at
his door. So, by his indifference and by his selfishness, the rich man creates
this chasm this… hole, this division between him and the poor man Lazarus. So, they both die and now Lazarus is with Abraham and the Angels. The rich man is
in torment. So the chasm that he built, or the
division that he created, has carried over into eternity and now he’s on the
poor end of that equation. This gospel reminds me that at the door of every
human heart lies on Lazarus, lie someone who is looking for our attention, our
concern, our prayer, our generosity. Who are the Lazaruses is in your life, that
perhaps just a word, prayer, a phone call, a letter, action of concern, or compassion
would truly heal their wounds and bring in the Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus reminds us that we can never be indifferent to the needs of those around
us; that God calls us to to recognize them, to see them, and then to act to
serve their needs.

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