The Word This Week

Following on from last week (“You cannot be the slave of both God and money”) we see a practical illustration of what this means. The division between rich and poor was very striking at the time of Jesus: popular understanding, however, said that to be rich was a blessing from God. Jesus reminds people that riches carry their own responsibility – the duty to notice the poor man, especially when he lies at your own gate. In this parable, Jesus is subtly attacking the people’s lack of acceptance of the teaching of the prophets – “They have Moses and the prophets…”, but they obviously haven’t listened to them. The twist in the last line is powerful: “…they will not be convinced even if someone should rise from the dead.” Since our world still sees a division between rich and poor, how true those words have become!

Today’s Scripture
Amos 6: 1, 4–7
Response: Psalm 145.
It is the Lord who keeps faith for ever,
who is just to those who are oppressed.
It is he who gives bread to the hungry,
the Lord, who sets prisoners free.

It is the Lord who gives sight to the blind,
who raises up those who are bowed down.
It is the Lord who loves the just,
the Lord, who protects the stranger.

He upholds the widow and orphan
but thwarts the path of the wicked.
The Lord will reign for ever,
Zion’s God, from age to age.

(Sung Antiphon: My soul, give praise to the Lord.)

1 Timothy 6: 11 – 16
Acclamation for the Gospel:
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
Jesus Christ was rich,
but became poor for your sake,
to make you rich out of his poverty.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
Luke: 16: 19 – 31.
Prayer of the Faithful:
R/. Lord, keep faith for ever.

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