In Luke 16:19-31, we learn about the rich and the poor, all they had and didn’t have, one with an earthly reward and one with a Heavenly reward. As I read these verses and the reflection from the Holy Fathers, I thought about the rich man and all that God had blessed him with. The rich man chose not to be a good Steward and not to share any of his wealth with Lazarus – although he had an abundance of everything.
How many times do I walk by the homeless person? How often do I avoid making eye contact with the woman carrying the sign “Please Help Me” on the exit ramp if the highway? How many times do I pass judgment on the person in need when I should not? How many times do I say “I am just too busy to spend an hour at the homeless shelter?”
From this Gospel reading, I decided to change how I approach these situations, not just from the perspective of sharing what God has provided for me, but, from the thought that I will be judged based on what I have done and my Stewardship is part of my personal Salvation!