Lord Jesus Christ,
You call us to come
To be with you,
To hear your voice
To listen deeply to your word.
By your Spirit help me
To see you,
To hear your voice,
To follow you in all of life,
In the way of God’s gracious reality.
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
If we flinch when Jesus speaks so forthrightly about our being enslaved by our desire for money (Luke 16:1-15), then we will be uncomfortable as he tells his disciples another story – this time about a rich man and a poor man (Luke 16:19-31). Here again Jesus draws us into two worlds: the world of this present age, and the world to come: the kingdom of God. The story Jesus tells begins in the world of this present age, an age in which “a great gulf” is fixed between the rich man sitting at his table, and the poor man who lays at his gate.
|A rich man, dressed in purple and fine linen, sits and feasts
sumptuously every day.
|while||A poor man, Lazarus, covered (dressed) with sores,lays at the gate of the rich man’s house, longing to satisfy his hunger with what falls from the rich man’s table. Dogs come and lick his sores.
|The rich man dies and is buried.||The poor man also dies.|
Now the story Jesus tells turns our attention to the world beyond this present age.
|The rich man finds himself in the torment of Hades.||Lazarus is carried away by angels to be with Abraham.|
|He looks up and sees Abraham far away with Lazarus by his side and calls out, “Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in agony in these flames.”||But Abraham says: “Child, remember that during your lifetime you received good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in agony. Besides all this, there is a great chasm fixed between you and us . . . a chasm no one can cross.”
The rich man is mindful of his brothers, and asks that Lazarus be sent from the dead to warn them, in order that they will not also suffer in Hades. But Abraham directs his attention to Moses and the prophets, saying that these brothers
Eigthteenth Sunday after Pentecost
- 9/20 Monday: Luke 16:19-31
- 9/21 Tuesday: Luke 16:19-31
- 9/22 Wednesday: Psalm 146
- 9/23 Thursday: Amos 6:1a, 4-7
- 9/24 Friday: 1 Timothy 6:6-19
- 9/25 Saturday: Luke 16:19-31
- 9/26 Sunday: Luke 16:19-31