WK26C (2016) (Luke 16:19-31)

The sin of the rich man was that he accepted, without question, the fact that Lazarus was poor and he himself rich. The sin of the rich man was not a sin of commission, that is, doing something he shouldn’t have done. The sin of the rich man was a sin of omission, that is, not doing something he should have done. The sin of the rich man was his basking in his own personal wealth and not lifting a finger to help Lazarus in his dire need. The sin of the rich man is the same sin that is being committed over and over today. JFK referred to this when he said, “If a free society cannot help the many who are poor it cannot save the few who are rich.” In other words, our lack of concern for the poor is destroying not only the poor but also the very moral fiber of our society. How can we live a happy life while so many other people are suffering?

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