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Lower The Drawbridge

**If they will not listen to Moses or the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone should rise from the dead** (Luke 16: 31).
Amos 6:1,4-7; Psalms 146:7-10; I Timothy 6:11-16; Luke 16:19-31

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Sermon Week Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 16:31

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The "Flu" is one of those illnesses that can cause you to feel depressed. At some point during the course of the illness, you become convinced that the doctor has made the wrong diagnosis. You feel like you're dying, and nobody really seems to take you seriously.

There is the story of a woman who was very sick! So sick that she got the flu, died and went to Heaven. Upon her arrival, St. Peter asks how she got there. The woman answers, "Flu." Whereupon St. Peter asks, "On what airline?"

Then there is the story of an elderly woman living in Cincinnati who was afraid to fly...

She explained to her niece that she was concerned because she didn't want anyone to be burdened by her death. Consequently, she tried to make all of the necessary funeral arrangements in advance. Her niece explained that when her own parents had died she used a funeral home in Milwaukee which was where most of their departed family members were interred. "Absolutely not," the woman protested. "I can't possibly take that long trip to Milwaukee -- I'm afraid to fly!"

Planes, trains or automobiles, it doesn't matter how we journey to the cemetery. What really matters is how we conduct ourselves on our earthly journey. What really matters is how we treat our fellow travelers along the way.

In today's Gospel Lesson, a wealthy man who lives a fabulously privileged life, routinely ignores the pitiful beggar, Lazarus, lying at his gate. The poor fellow, hungry and covered with sores, longs for the table scraps the wealthy man feeds to his dogs. But the self-centered man remains coldly indifferent to his plight. Eventually both men die, and as it was in life, there is a great gulf between them in death. But now the rich man suffers greatly while the poor man, Scripture tells us, is restored to wholeness and welcomed into the bosom of His Spiritual Father, Abraham. The rich man asks permission to send a warning back to his brothers so that they may change their selfish ways and not end up "in [...]

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