26th Week, Ordinary Time: Sunday 29th September 2019

Daily Word Of God

Luke 16:19-21a, 22-25

Jesus said to the Pharisees: ‘There was a rich man who used to dress in purple and fine linen and feast magnificently every day. And at his gate there used to lie a poor man called Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to fill himself with what fell from the rich man’s table. Now it happened that the poor man died and was carried away by the angels into Abraham’s embrace. The rich man also died and was buried.

‘In his torment in Hades he looked up and saw Abraham a long way off with Lazarus in his embrace. So he cried out, “Father Abraham, pity me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in agony in these flames.” Abraham said, “My son, remember that during your life you had your fill of good things, just as Lazarus his fill of bad. Now he is being comforted here while you are in agony.” ’

Today's Pointers on God's Word

As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?

  • The rich man was judged by God not because he was rich, but because he was insensitive to the pain and poverty around him; especially when Lazarus was at his gate.


  • While he was blessed with much wealth, he was numbed to all the sufferings around him. Are we guilty of such numbness?


  • The poor offer opportunities for us to share our blessings and wealth with them, so that we can alleviate their pains and sufferings through our compassionate concern for them.