We need a reality check!
By any objective measure, most of us living in the
are rich – materially rich
beyond the experiences of the majority of the rest of the people who inhabit
this planet. The median household income in this country, we are told, is just over
$50,000. Yet, we in U.S. never seem to be satisfied with
all that we do have and never tire of wanting more. Almost everything has
become a “necessity”. America
Today’s Gospel challenges us to be more realistic in our own self assessment. Despite our protestations and real hardships, we who live here in this nation are rich in a material sense.
In another sense, too many of us in this rich nation are still very poor – poor in spirit. We do not treasure and appreciate our loving Lord who nourishes us with His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity and Who remains physically here among us, waiting to be visited and consoled and, in return, to love and heal us.
So let us ask ourselves some vital questions.
Where are the physical Lazarus’ in our midst – those in need of our material assistance, love, and support? How are we treating them – like the rich man in today’s Gospel, or as our Lord has commanded us to do?
Where are the spiritually needy among us – those who don’t know our Lord or who rarely think of Him and what are we doing to alleviate this form of poverty? How are we treating Jesus – the poorest among us – neglected, abandoned and unloved?
The answers to these questions will dictate where we will spend eternity.