Do you remember as a child, being told that God can see all and that everything has consequences? I do. This forced us to be attentive to our actions and to our relationship with others. And that was not bad. The parable in today’s gospel is one that reminded me about that early learned lesson. A poor man, Lazarus, asked for food at the door of a rich man but was not given any notice at all. In fact, he was ignored outright and probably also ridiculed. But when Lazarus died,
In today’s gospel, Jesus tells the story of the dishonest steward who seeks to use all the resources within his reach to secure his future here on earth. The reality is that sooner or later this earthly life comes to an end, and we do not know how much time we have. We must, therefore, be more concerned than anything else with being rich in heaven. Jesus contrasts the wealth of this world with the true wealth of heaven that only God can give. He expects believers to be respon
We all have probably heard the quote from Pope Francis when asked by a reporter about what he thought of actions of the gay/ lesbian culture. He answered: “Who am I to judge?” The truth is that there have always been people who feel pure and good that they can judge everyone without fear. They put up barriers that divide society between good and evil, and place themselves at the gate deciding who can pass. There were also people like this in the time of Jesus, and he got thei
As children, most of us were taught the difference between good and bad, what could and could not be done; and some of us have remained there, always waiting for someone to tell us what we must do. But being a Christian is not to have found a refuge where we can shelter ourselves from the pains and troubles of family life and work. Instead, being a Christian is a call to grow as a person, to mature, to be responsible, make our own decisions, and take risks…to live in freedom.