This weekend we celebrate the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time. In the gospel reading below, we read the story of Lazarus and the rich man. This story reminds us that our response to the needs of others matters, no matter how seemingly insignificant. What we do helps prepare us for eternal life. We are called to listen to God’s Word so that we are better able to respond with compassion to the needs of those who are “lying at our door.”
Through our parish and school, there are many ways in which we may reach out to help others. Opportunities for service or charity will be provided throughout the year, and families may help, as they are able. For example, this weekend, the parish is signing up families to participate in the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas Stores. We are also reminded that compassion takes many forms--sometimes as simple as a smile, a hug, or a pat on the back.
Thank you for all you do to help our school and parish in helping those in need. I hope that you enjoy a relaxing weekend.
God bless you,
Mrs. Katie Walsh
Gospel Luke 16: 19-31
Jesus said to the Pharisees:
“There was a rich man who dressed in purple garments and fine linen
and dined sumptuously each day.
And lying at his door was a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores,
who would gladly have eaten his fill of the scraps
that fell from the rich man's table.
Dogs even used to come and lick his sores.
When the poor man died,
he was carried away by angels to the bosom of Abraham.
The rich man also died and was buried,
and from the netherworld, where he was in torment,
he raised his eyes and saw Abraham far off
and Lazarus at his side.
And he cried out, 'Father Abraham, have pity on me.
Send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue,
for I am suffering torment in these flames.'
‘My child, remember that you received
what was good during your lifetime
while Lazarus likewise received what was bad;
but now he is comforted here, whereas you are tormented.
Moreover, between us and you a great chasm is established
to prevent anyone from crossing who might wish to go
from our side to yours or from your side to ours.’
He said, ‘Then I beg you, father,
send him to my father’s house, for I have five brothers,
so that he may warn them,
lest they too come to this place of torment.'
But Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the prophets.
Let them listen to them.’
He said, ‘Oh no, father Abraham,
but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’
Then Abraham said, ‘If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets,
neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead.’”