Seeing Poverty

Daily reading: Luke 16:19-31
Sunday August 30, 2015
Focus passage: “There was a certain rich man who clothed himself in purple and fine linen, and who feasted luxuriously every day.  At his gate lay a certain poor man named Lazarus who was covered with sores.” Luke 16:19-20

This parable in many ways is unsettling.  It reminds us that the poor are just around the corner.  They are present at street corners asking for money.  They are in the schools are children attend, perhaps sleeping in a car at night.  They are in the hospitals where we too seek medical help.  They are perhaps in our congregations seeking both physical and spiritual nourishment.

The rich man while he knew Lazarus, had no compassion for him.
The parable begs the question, will we act any differently than the rich man, will we see the poor and lend a hand?

What meaningful way have you helped someone in need out?  How did that experience change you?

Prayer: God this week open my eyes to the poor in my neighborhood. Amen.


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