Dear Parish Faithful,
The parable that we heard on Sunday - Lazarus and the Rich Man - is endlessly fascinating, evocative and challenging. The themes are manifold and related with great narrative power. Just what we would expect from Christ! I have compiled a list of meditations that I have written over the years on this parable for your convenience. Perhaps there is something here that will catch your eye and interest. For example, the second link below - "A Radical Critique of Selfishness" - will take you to a meditation in which I compare the previous Sunday's Parable of the Sower with that of Lazarus and the Rich Man.
To be honest, there is a good deal of thematic overlap in these meditations and, in fact, I quote the same passages from St. John Chrysostom's famous series of homilies on this parable in every meditation. And that should make them worthwhile! But perhaps, one title may attract one person and another title someone else.
Encountering Lazarus (October 2008)
A Radical Critique of Selfishness (October 2020)
Just Who is the Rich Man? (October 2017)
St. John Chrysostom - On Wealth and Poverty October 2014)
Alleviating the Plight of the Poor (October 2015)
- Fr. Steven