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26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Be Conscious and Compassionate to the Needs of Others

By Fr. Paul S Voisin, C.R.

The Book of the Prophet Amos introduces us to harsh criticism of the wealthy, complacent and self-righteous. Luxury (despite what Joel Osteen says) is not to be sought after, but rather the just distribution of wealth among all, as faithful stewards. The images in the reading – “beds of ivory” “drink wine from bowls” and “the best oils” – speak to us of excess, waste and opulence. God leaves no doubt that they will be the “first to go into exile”, the first to experience his wrath and condemnation. I find particularly interesting the reference to anointing, as usually in the Old and New Testaments this is an act that brings about the blessing of God, the power of the Holy Spirit, and is under God’s inspiration. To anoint oneself is definitely outside this frame of reference, and thus outside the grace of God.

St. Paul, in his Letter to Timothy, is calling all the baptized to live fully the life that God asks of us, and blesses us to fulfill in his name. What we are called to embrace is definitely not what we see in the First Reading. There are no hints of righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience and gentleness in that time and place. St. Paul makes it very clear that the inheritance we have received from Jesus Christ is to bear witness to him as King and Lord. This challenge continues today, to embrace a life that bears witness to the gospel. This is what it means to be a Christian.

Jesus has risen from the dead.  He has been revealed to us as the Son of God, but still we do not always listen to him. We do not always open ourselves to his saving grace and allow ourselves to be transformed. The rich man was a child of Abraham, united to God through the blood of the lamb. Yet he was closed to the true message of the Law (Moses) and Prophets, lacking in charity and faithfulness to God. We too, as children of God, are united to God through the blood of the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ. Yet, in our human condition, we sometimes fail to reflect that charity and faithfulness to God. We fail to bear witness to Christ. Once again, the theme of compassion speaks to me in a special way through this gospel. The rich man was oblivious to anyone or anything outside of his immediate family and his business. Lazarus was a ‘nobody’ to him, not even recognizing his plight and how easily he could have alleviated his suffering. His heart was hardened to the needs of others, even those who lingered outside his property. He could have easily tripped over Lazarus when leaving his house, but he was blind to Lazarus. Like in the gospel of the sheep and goats (Matthew 25:31-46) Jesus is calling us to be conscious and compassionate to the needs of others. The ‘goats’, like the rich man, were blind to the needs of others, and showed no compassion. If we truly listen to he who has “risen from the dead” our lives will be marked with exceptional charity, and sincere compassion. The words of Jesus leave no doubt that here and now is the time to make a change. We cannot plead ‘after the fact’ and think we can cross that chasm to eternal life. We cannot change from a goat to a lamb just by wishing it.

09-september-25-2016

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