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WHO CAN DENY THE RICH?

UNDAILY Episode 73


“There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores. “The time came when the beggar died, and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. So, he called to him, “Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.” “But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here, and you are in agony. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’ “He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’ “Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’ “‘No, Father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ “He 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, 19-31 (NIV)

 

The parable of the rich man and Lazarus, taken straight from the Gospel according to Saint Luke, tells us about two men whose fates on earth and after death dramatically differ. The contemporary world we live in, with its pace and rush, surprisingly finds itself well-aligned with this ancient narrative.

 

On one hand, we have the rich man who lives carefree in luxury, heedless of the poverty and suffering right outside his doorstep. On the other hand, there is Lazarus, a beggar covered in sores, whose only comforters are dogs. The paradox lying at the heart of this parable is not just about the contrast between their material status. It's about something much deeper – our attitudes, priorities, and, most importantly, our hearts...


 

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