Originally delivered on September 20, 1992
Readings: Amos 6:1, 4-7; Paul to Timothy 6:11-16; Luke 16:19-31
We all have the same dilemma. That is, if we really listen to the words of Jesus, it sounds impossible to follow him. We are all probably, at our best, silent co-conspirators that keep poor people in their poverty. If we take today’s Scripture readings seriously, they are both challenging and somewhat frightening in their ramifications for how we live our lives. We are called, once again, not to be complacent when our sisters and brothers around the world are still hungry. God is speaking to us today to not sit back and be complacent. We should get restless and feel the frustration, as Jesus did, when he saw that some were cast aside and trampled on. But, the sin in today’s Gospel is not being rich, but rather, being rich and indifferent to those around us.