Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Am. 6:1a, 4-7 | Ps. 146:7-10  | 1Tim. 6:11-16 | Lk. 16:19-31

The Gospel today about the rich man and Lazarus is filled with a message of being generous.  Those to whom God has been generous are required to be similarly generous and help those who have not been so richly endowed.  God gifts us with many talents, abilities, money, and possessions.  This Gospel tells us, unquestioningly, that we must share these gifts and talents with others.  The rich man learns this lesson too late.  He tries to get Abraham to send Lazarus to warn his brother.  Abraham tells him that they will not listen to Lazarus if they are unwilling to listen to Moses and the prophets.  Our world would be a much better place if each of us used our gifts and talents to help each other.  Each person has something that can be shared.  It is up to us to do so.

Contemplate this scripture.  How have you shared your gifts with others?  Is there something more you can do?  How will you commit yourself to doing it?

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