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The Me-book

...neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead
Luke 16:19-31

Sermon Topic Repentance

Sermon Week Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 16:31


An elderly miser who had vast real estate holdings suddenly became extremely ill. His temperature quickly soared to 105, and his frightened wife sent for the nearest doctor. After examining the patient, the doctor said to the man's wife, "Madam, I'm sorry I must tell you that your husband is terminally ill. He cannot possibly survive. All I can suggest to you is prayer." Hearing this, the old skinflint summoned up his last remaining ounce of strength and whispered, "Go out and find some needy person and give him a gift of money. Then go to Church and pray that my life be spared." The wife immediately went to the poorest section of town and gave one hundred dollars to a panhandler who looked like he'd really hit bottom. Then she went to the nearest Church and fervently prayed for her husband's recovery. Whereupon, the patient's condition rapidly improved and, as if by a miracle, within days he was completely well again. But when his wife told him that she had given one hundred dollars to a poor beggar, he was outraged. "Why did you do such a thing?" he bellowed. "But you yourself told me to give the money," she reminded him. To which he replied, "With my temperature over 105, couldn't you see that I was delirious?"

Today's Gospel Lesson includes a story Jesus told about a rich man and a beggar. They live in two different worlds. The rich man "feasts sumptuously every day"; the beggar, named Lazarus, literally eats like a stray dog. The rich man covers his body with the finest garments; poor Lazarus' body is covered with sores. Then they both die and, as it was in life, there is a great gulf between them in afterlife, but with this important difference: now the rich man is in Hades where he suffers greatly and the poor beggar is completely fulfilled "in the bosom of Abraham." The rich man realizes that it's all over for him. All his money is of no use to him now. The eternal fix he's in is irreversible. And it's [...]

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