NEVER NEGLECT THE POOR AND DO ALL THAT THE LORD COMMANDED YOU TO DO - SUNDAY REFLECTION

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: 19-31)
THEME: Good things came your way, just as bad things came the way of Lazarus. Now he is being comforted here while you are in agony

Never neglect the poor


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:
1.       MATERIAL (SUBSTANTIAL, MEASURABLE OR PHYSICAL) WEALTH
2.       UNSUBSTANTIAL WEALTH- Under this we have two types:
a.       IMMEASURABLE OR DIVINE WEALTH
b.      HEAVENLY OR SPIRITUAL WEALTH

MATERIAL 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 person.

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 Careful!

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 many witnesses”.

DO ALL THAT GOD HAS COMMANDED YOU TO DO AND AT LAST, HE WILL REWARD YOU WITH ETERNITY.

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