Serving the Word: 9th March


Luke 16, 19-31:

“There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and feasted sumptuously every day. And a certain beggar named Lazarus was lying in his gate covered with sores and longing to be satisfied with what was thrown from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came to him to lick his sores.


The rich man in today’s Gospel is deprived of glory not because of what he did but because of what he failed to do.

Directly, he did not harm Lazarus. He didn’t throw him out of his gate, he didn’t have his servants throw him out in a bad way, he didn’t call the police….

The sin of the rich man is ignorance and indifference to the suffering of the poor brother.

We often say: “I do no harm to anyone”.

But we should also ask ourselves: Do I do as much good to others as I can?

Because there is a sin called “sin of omission”. And do not doubt that this sin in our lives is more frequent than we think.

Try on this Lenten day to make an examination of conscience and examine yourself for your “sins of omission”.

Good day to you.

Antonio Sanjuan Cmf


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