Like the rich man?

Gustave Doré, 1832-1883 The parable of the rich man and Lazarus, from the Gospel of Luke 1891

Gustave Doré (1832-1883)
The parable of the rich man and Lazarus, from the Gospel of Luke
Print, 1891

How am I different from the rich man? Do I notice the people around me? Am I attuned to others’ suffering? Do I make an effort to assuage the mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual distress of those in need? Am I tormented by my lack of compassion and indifference towards refugees, drug addicts, alcoholics, the unemployed, and victims of human trafficking?

Today I will pay attention to the people I encounter and give help wherever—and as generously as—possible.

[Jesus said to the Pharisees:] “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.'” Luke16:25


6 thoughts on “Like the rich man?

  1. SR

    You know Mary, today’s Gospel reading basically had the same meaning to me. Our post are somewhat identical. How this reading really made me examine myself??? When I did, some of what I found I liked but some of what I found I did not like.

    I have “passed by” too many Mary. One is living in a van on a vacant lot two miles down the road from me. I bet you, I do not pass by him again. Loved the post and God Bless you Mary, SR


  2. SR

    This post touched me in a very similar way, as you. When I examined myself some things I saw were good, and some were not so good. I can pass by those Mary, “in my corner of the world” and never see them. We must always keep our eye’s and heart’s open, must we not? Love and God Bless, SR


  3. SR

    Hey Mary,

    LOL!!! I do not know why it took hours for my comments to post. That is why you got two as I posted them twice. Sorry!!! Love and God Bless, SR



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