THEME: WHO IS THE LAZARUS ALONG YOUR WALK-WAY OR GATE?
(Amos 6:1a,4-7; 1 Timothy 6: 11-16; Luke 16:19-31)
A parable is made to make us think and reflect. In the parable on which we are meditating today, there are three persons presented: Lazarus – the poor man, the rich man – without a name, Father Abraham – who represents the thought of God. The story of Lazarus and the rich man is a well-known parable of Jesus found in the Gospel of Luke; Told in chapter 16 of Luke, Jesus shares the story of a notably wealthy man, who lived a life of extravagant luxury. Lying outside the entrance of this rich man’s house was an unfortunate man called Lazarus who only hoped “to eat what fell from the rich man’s table.” The rich man was very unsympathetic to the plight of Lazarus, offering him no love, kindness, or compassion.
Who is the Lazarus at your gate? Who is the Lazarus along your walk-way? He may be that naked child, hungry family, jobless youth, harmless employee, sick neighbour, helpless orphan, oppressed widow, frustrated widower, etc. What does the Lazarus at your gate or walk-way need? Maybe he needs your time, your attention, your smile, your resources, etc.
Jesus teaches us today that we should use what we have to better the life of those around us. If you have more than you need, then make your table larger. Do not act indifferent to the plight of others. Do not make your fence higher or your curtain darker. The rich man had the opportunity of making his table larger to accommodate Lazarus and others like him. He chose to make his fence higher that he could not see Lazarus.
We spend so much time looking for our old friends who occupy higher positions. We defy everything, including insult and occasional disappointments, just to reach them. Do we make the same effort to look for those behind, to look for the Lazarus along your walk-way no matter how close or far?; those waiting to eat from your left over? The rich man did not look for Lazarus when he was at his gate, but looked for him when he was far away in the bosom of Abraham.
This is a time to prepare a place for ourselves in paradise by coming to the aid of the needy. Do not raise your fence too high, because you may need people one day to come to your aid. Do not close your eyes or make your curtain darker as not to see the needy passing, because one day you may need those eyes to see those who will help you. May God give us the grace to be kind always to one another.