Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

25 Sep

“Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others.
Unsuccessful people are always asking, “What’s in it for me?”

Brian Tracy

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Well, it was very different not waking to the 7 am alarm this Sunday. But I must admit, I still enjoy 9 am Mass instead of Saturday evening.

So, I watched 9 am Mass on Facebook, just to feel at home. Father Cristian presided with his usual flair.

Today’s Gospel was the story of the rich man who totally ignored the poor, but when he died, he expected kindness and leniency.

Gospel

Lk 16:19-31

Jesus said to the Pharisees:
“There was a rich man who dressed in purple garments and fine linen
and dined sumptuously each day.
And lying at his door was a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores,
who would gladly have eaten his fill of the scraps
that fell from the rich man’s table.
Dogs even used to come and lick his sores.
When the poor man died,
he was carried away by angels to the bosom of Abraham.
The rich man also died and was buried,
and from the netherworld, where he was in torment,
he raised his eyes and saw Abraham far off
and Lazarus at his side.
And he cried out, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me.
Send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue,
for I am suffering torment in these flames.’
Abraham replied,
‘My child, remember that you received
what was good during your lifetime
while Lazarus likewise received what was bad;
but now he is comforted here, whereas you are tormented.
Moreover, between us and you a great chasm is established
to prevent anyone from crossing who might wish to go
from our side to yours or from your side to ours.’
He said, ‘Then I beg you, father,
send him to my father’s house, for I have five brothers,
so that he may warn them,
lest they too come to this place of torment.’
But Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the prophets.
Let them listen to them.’
He said, ‘Oh no, father Abraham,
but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’
Then Abraham said, ‘If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets,
neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead.'”

My take on it…. When you have been blessed with worldly gifts, but you do not share those blessings, that will be your only reward. Don’t expect any mercy when you die.

I found, from first hand experience, that some people do not believe in God, but rather they worship the “almighty dollar,” and live accordingly. Good luck with that!

Remember, “Sharing is Caring.”

Happy Sunday, my friends.

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