You received happiness, and Lazarus received misfortune.

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“Poor or rich, let us open our hearts to prepare ourselves for the encounter with God. We will see the triumph of love over death.”

Readings: Twenty-sixth Sunday Ordinary Time

Brothers and sisters,

Beloved by God, With the story of Poor Lazarus, we find ourselves directly immersed in life after death with a reversal of situation: the one who was filled during his life on earth finds himself in hell; the one who was unhappy in this world finds himself in Paradise. Of course, this story that Jesus tells us invites us to ask ourselves about how we live our present life.

So, let's take a little closer look at the attitude of the bad rich. Three characteristics seem important to me to repeat. First of all, he has a closed heart; a closed heart to God and closed to others, and of course to the poor Lazarus who lies in front of his house. Here we find a danger often mentioned in Jesus. The danger of wealth. The abundance of riches that gives us the illusion of being fulfilled and, therefore, that also risks closing our hearts to God. It is well known that those who live in need more naturally have a heart open to God, while those who live in opulence have more difficulty recognizing that they need God.

Why can we say that the rich does not have a heart open to God? simply because he absolutely does not prepare for his encounter with God. He lives and enjoys life, but does not think about it as a result. And this is the second feature that I repeat: he is and remains attached to all his possessions. Very attached. He's not getting ready to leave them. And therefore he does not prepare for his death; he does not prepare for his encounter with God.

Normally, at the end of his life, as we approach the decisive encounter with God, the human being tends to gradually detach himself from his possessions, sometimes even from his own. This is part of a normal maturation for the encounter with God. Behold, therefore, the affluent is imprisoned by the affluent; for he is not ready to do so. Now, poor or rich, one must prepare for the encounter with God.

Third characteristic: our rich poor reproduces in eternal life the way he had in earthly life. That is, during his earthly life he did not consider God and took Lazarus for a dog; and in eternal life he reproduces the same thing, giving orders to Abraham and Lazarus: “Abraham, my Father, have mercy on me and send Lazarus to dip his finger in water, to refresh my tongue, for I blow terribly in And further, “Well, Father, I beg you to send Lazarus into my Father's house.” And eternal life is not to think about the way of earthly life, and our relationships in eternal life will not be of the same kind as those of earthly life.

This, it seems to me, dear brothers and sisters, is what we can say about the rich poor who warns us ourselves about our way of living: do we live with a heart open to God and others? What attachment do we have to the goods of this world? How do we view our relationships in eternal life?

Well, brothers and sisters, let us take advantage of the theme addressed by these texts to take a closer look at the question of neighbour and the poor, the question of meeting God and the question of life after death.

The Gospel of the day exposes us two kinds of destiny: heaven for poor Lazarus or hell for the rich. I would point out to you in passing that other words of Jesus set out this double destiny: we have, for example, the Word addressed to the good Larron: “Amen, I declare it to you; today you will be in Paradise with me.” This retribution will be based on the love that we have implemented in our lives or that we have not implemented.

The second judgment referred to is the one called the Last Judgment, which will just follow the resurrection of all the dead. Everyone will rise; some for eternal life; others for eternal death. In this final judgment the truth of all our relations with God and with others will be bare. In this final judgment, everything will appear in the light: the wonderful designs of Providence, the hidden realities of creation. The righteousness of God who heals and triumphs will shine in every creature and destroy injustice. We will see the triumph of love over death.

May these texts that we meditate on this Sunday open our hearts to conversion, to mercy. The perfection of Christian life is played out in the charity and love that we put into our lives. Let us live the present time fully as a time open to grace and conversion. Amen

Rodrigue Chabi


Orgue:At the Great Organ, Guy Didier

Entry: “Fantasy and Fugue” on “Ad nos as salutarem undam” (F.Liszt)

Offertoire: Choral N°1 excerpt (C. Franck)

Communion: “Fugue en Ré” (F. Mendelssohn)

Release: “Gothic Menuet” (L. Boëllmann)

On wikipedia:

Franz Liszt

Caesar Franck

Felix Mendellssohn

Leo Boelmann

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