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Reflections on the Daily Readings
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September 29th, 2013
Kellen O'Neill
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[138] Amos 6:1a, 4-7
Ps 146:7, 8-9a, 9b-10
1 Tim 6:11-16
Luke 16:19-31

Faith is not an idle or passive thing, and it requires more than simply believing. Our faith should be an active thing that shapes how we go about our days and touches the lives of others. We are often satisfied with the status quo if things are comfortable for us, but our readings today tell us “woe to the complacent” (Am 6:1A). Living out one’s faith often requires hard work and reaching out to care for those who suffer. We must consciously choose our actions in light of what will bring the most glory to God and “compete well for the faith” (1 Tm 6:12). When it comes to caring for others, we must remember that Christ dwells in all of us and let that fact guide our service to others. In today’s Gospel, the rich man should have recognized that Lazarus was made in God’s image like himself and at least given him some of his excess food to help him out. We may think that we treat others much better than the rich man treats Lazarus, but it is often times the case that we only aid others when it is convenient for us to do so. However, Christ did not just help people when it was convenient or easy for him to do so and neither should we.

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