Rich & poor

The story of the rich man and Lazarus is instructive for Jesus’ teaching on social inequality and personal responsibility. The rich man in the parable broke no commandments, yet he ends up in a place of torment, while poor Lazarus ends up in a favored place.

The rich man was completely indifferent to the misery of Lazarus. He was a hard-hearted individual, who just didn’t care. And that’s the issue. He didn’t see Lazarus as a human being, and he didn’t care about him.

The parable is a warning not to rely on our possessions in a way that makes us indifferent to people around us who are in need and which prevents us from responding fully to the call of the Gospel.

What this message means specifically for us is a matter of personal discernment, but given the centrality of Jesus’ call to solidarity with the poor and marginalized, it’s something that we need to ponder and pray about. The Church’s teaching is clear: we are one body in Christ, and we must see that the entire body is taken care of. Awareness. Connection. Compassion. Outreach. Lessons from this gospel parable.

“Jesus said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’” (Luke 16:31)

1 thought on “Rich & poor

  1. Beautiful story with images that do it justice!

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