Seeing Poverty

Daily reading: Luke 16:19-31
Sunday March 26, 2017
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.  There is poverty throughout the passage, poverty of faithfulness and physical poverty.  The challenge is to be able to be fully present with those in our community and meet everyone where they are.  We can see glimpses of the rich man and Lazarus in our daily living.  We encounter both stark, desperate need and those who are so self involved they cannot see us.    

The rich man while he knew Lazarus, had no compassion for him.
How might the parable been different if it was a lesson on the kingdom of God?

Prayer: God this week open my eyes to my own poverty of spirit and help me to let go of the allures of this world for your kingdom.  Amen.


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