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Help The Least Among Us

posted Sep 23, 2016, 8:54 AM by Risen Christ   [ updated Sep 23, 2016, 8:56 AM ]
25 September 2016 ( 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time )
Help The Least Among Us
In the first reading, the rich were depicted as complacent, self-indulgent and idle. Amos prophesied that their being blind and cold towards the plight of the poor around them would lead them to doom. The second reading reminds us of the kind of people we ought to be – people of integrity who pursue the values of God and keep His commandment. We are called to fight the good fight of our faith which may mean waging war against the inclinations and desires of our flesh. The parable in the gospel contrasts the greediness and excessiveness of the rich with the poverty and helplessness of the poor on earth. Sudden death brought about a change – a place of honour for Lazarus and a place of torment for the rich man. Neither the rich man nor his brothers had been attentive to the many warnings of Moses and the prophets of how one should live and treat the poor. Let us follow the teachings of Jesus who is compassionate to the poor and marginalized and do our best to help the least among us.