Today we hear of two rich people. One is nameless, living for himself, and the other shares his wealth with others.
The nameless rich man dines sumptuously and dresses in fine linen, blithely ignoring the suffering poor man, Lazarus, at his door. He ends up suffering eternal torment.
The other rich man is Abraham, who welcomes the poor man. Abraham was a very wealthy man with many servants, animals and possessions. Abraham shared his wealth with others and in turn, was greatly blessed.
The lesson is clear: it is not riches that are condemned but their use for selfish purposes alone.
The nameless rich man begs to have Lazarus dip the tip of his finger in cool water to give him a momentary taste of relief to his torment in flames. He uses words that Jesus uses when he says, if it is by the “Finger of God” that he heals. The Finger of God is understood as the working of the Holy Spirit
May the Finger of God bring conversion, healing and new life to all our families this Holy Lent of 2020. Amen.
Father Willy Raymond, C.S.C. is President of Holy Cross Family Ministries. He entered Holy Cross Fathers in 1964. He earned a Bachelors in Philosophy from Stonehill College in 1967 and a Masters in Theology from the University of Notre Dame in 1971. In addition to English, Father Willy is conversant in French and Spanish. He's a native of Old Town, Maine and one of 12 children. He remains a diehard fan of the Boston Red Sox, even though he has served as Chaplain for the Los Angeles Dodgers.