TWENTY SIXTH SUNDAY IN THE ORDINARY TIME YEAR C.
29th September 2019.
Amos 6:1, 4-7; First Timothy 6:11-16; Luke 16:19-31.
The kingdom of God abhors laziness, thus encourages commitment to hard work in order to earn a living. At the same time, the kingdom of God recognizes the fact that certain unforeseen and overwhelming situations could deprive one of the opportunities to make a living. As such, it encourages the rich to help the poor in order to bridge the gulf that exists between both classes.
The need to bridge the gap between poverty and affluence is undeniable but the motivation must come from a deep understanding of our common humanity. The poor will not go to bed hungry if the rich are able to identify with them in a common ancestry in God. The rich man obviously worked hard to acquire wealth, but he failed to understand that it is a privilege and not an achievement. No one has the power to choose either to be born poor or rich. Life is a privilege.
Our Christian life calls us to always consider the poor who are also members of the body of Christ, the church. His salvation cuts across boundaries so also should our charity.
Anthony Ekpunobi, CM.