September 25
Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Chasm Closers

Am 6:1a, 4-7 / Ps 146:7, 8-9, 9-10 / 1 Tm 6:11-16 / Lk 16:19-3

Reflecting on today’s readings, one might feel a sense of urgency.  It is so easy, once in a comfortable state, to stay there and enjoy the moment.  Moments can add up quickly, and pretty soon comfort begets leisure, and leisure begets lifestyle, and lifestyle begets haughtiness, and there before us, is a chasm, between ourselves and the poor beggar, Lazarus, in today’s Gospel.  Someone once said, God loves us all right where we are at, but He loves us too much to leave us there.  There is a rich man and a Lazarus in all of our lives and each need to know the love of God.  As missionary disciples, we can help close the chasm by bridging the gap, but we can’t be complacent, we must “pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience and gentleness” as St. Paul compels us to do in the second reading.