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Luke 16:19-25,27-31

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‘There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich man’s table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores. The poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was being tormented, he looked up and saw Abraham far away with Lazarus by his side. He called out, “Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in agony in these flames.” But Abraham said, “Child, remember that during your lifetime you received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in agony. He said, “Then, father, I beg you to send him to my father’s house— for I have five brothers—that he may warn them, so that they will not also come into this place of torment.” Abraham replied, “They have Moses and the prophets; they should listen to them.” He said, “No, father Abraham; but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.” He said to him, “If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced even if someone rises from the dead”.'

Luke 16:19-25,27-31
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • The rich man in the story is totally self-centred. Jesus warns us that we must instead care for others and stand for justice. Consider the following poem: ‘Me and my wife; my son John and his wife; us four; no more’! Can I, too, be absorbed in my small self-sufficient life and fail to notice the needs of those around me, and the cry of pain in the wider world?...
    • ‘You just need to be a flea against injustice. Enough committed fleas biting strategically can make even the biggest dog uncomfortable and transform even the biggest nation’ (Marian Wright Edelman).
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • The rich man in the story is totally self-centred. Jesus warns us that we must instead care for others and stand for justice. Consider the following poem: ‘Me and my wife; my son John and his wife; us four; no more’! Can I, too, be absorbed in my small self-sufficient life and fail to notice the needs of those around me, and the cry of pain in the wider world?...
    • ‘You just need to be a flea against injustice. Enough committed fleas biting strategically can make even the biggest dog uncomfortable and transform even the biggest nation’ (Marian Wright Edelman).