25 September, 2016
1st READING (Amos
6: 1, 4-7)
THEME: Those who
sprawl and those who bawl will be exiled.
2nd READING (1st
Timothy 6: 11-16)
THEME: Do all
that you have been told until the appearing of the lord.
GOSPEL (Luke 16:
things came your way, just as bad things came the way of Lazarus. Now he is
being comforted here while you are in agony
Today’s first reading and gospel have a similar message. In
the first reading, Prophet Amos (known as the angry prophet of God) the act of
apathy exhibited by most rich people towards the poor. Those who care only
about their own welfare without considering their neighbours and friends.
According to him, such people will be the first to be exiled. BE CAREFUL AND
CARE ABOUT THE POOR AROUND YOU.
In the gospel, Jesus told us the parable of the rich man and
Lazarus (This is the only parable of Jesus that he mentioned a name. Lazarus
means “God is my help”). He never told us that the rich man oppressed Lazarus.
He never pursued him from his house or prevented him from eating the scraps
that fell from his table. The only sin that the rich man committed was APARTHY
(Act of feeling less concerned, indifferent and uncaring, etc.). He never
helped Lazarus rather he only cared for his own welfare. He neither clothed him
nor treated his sores.
Most times when the phrase, “RICH PEOPLE” is mentioned we scribe it to those who are famous and well
to do in the society. A RICH MAN is
anybody who has enough to sustain him and does not beg in the society. A more
general definition of a rich man is one
who has SOMETHING (either material or immaterial) that others value in abundance.
Based on the two definitions, there are two types of Wealth:
MATERIAL (SUBSTANTIAL, MEASURABLE OR PHYSICAL) WEALTH
UNSUBSTANTIAL WEALTH- Under this we have two
IMMEASURABLE OR DIVINE WEALTH
HEAVENLY OR SPIRITUAL WEALTH
is the one that people ascribe to the word RICH.
It is the accumulation of material thing usually money or other assets like
land, etc. If you have material wealth, don’t use it for yourself alone rather
use it to help the lass privileged. The rich man here has material wealth but
never used it to help Lazarus. That is the only sin the rich man committed and
he went to hell. Even if you are not very rich materially, to some people you
are very rich. So use the little you have to help them. Be Charitable. Act of charity means giving out from the little you
have and not from your abundance.
IMMATERIAL WEALTH is
the accumulation of immeasurable or divine wealth.
IMMEASURABLE WEALTH is
the accumulation of divine gifts like wisdom, knowledge, counsel, etc. If you
don’t have material wealth but have Divine or Immeasurable wealth use it to
help the poor (The poor here refer to those that lack divine wealth). For
instance, you might see someone in agony and truly you don’t have money to give
him, but I tell you in such a situation, your words of advice and encouragement can go a long way to help the
Of all the forms of wealth that exist, Heavenly or Spiritual
wealth is the most important. USE THE
OTHER FORMS OF WEALTH TO ACQUIRE HEAVENLY WEALTH THAT LASTS FOR ETERNITY.
For those that do doubt that there is nothing like heaven
and hell. HEAVEN AND EARTH ARE REAL! In
this parable of the rich man and Lazarus, Jesus told us that when Lazarus died,
the Angels of God took him to heaven and that when the rich man died and was
buried, he went to Hades (Hell). Be
Lastly, in the second reading, a letter of St. Paul to
Timothy, St. Paul said to Timothy, “Fight
the good fight of faith and win for yourself the eternal life to which you were
called when you made your profession and spoke up for the truth in front of
DO ALL THAT GOD HAS
COMMANDED YOU TO DO AND AT LAST, HE WILL REWARD YOU WITH ETERNITY.