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Spirituality of the Readings

John Foley, SJ

Beds of Ivory

What will it take for you and me to open our eyes to those who need us, who lack the love of God as channeled through us?

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In Exile

Ron Rolheiser

Our Need to Share Our Riches with the Poor

Generosity is the key to health and heaven. In the gospel of Matthew, when Jesus reveals what will be great test for the final judgment, his single set of criteria have entirely to do with how we gave to the poor.

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Glancing Thoughts

Eleonore Stump

A Man Just Like Me

The thought of going to hell is alarming, and so we ought to ask ourselves this question: what exactly is the sin of the rich man?

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The Perspective of Justice

Gerald Darring

A Truly Human Life

There is only one God to spend eternity with, the God who “secures justice for the oppressed, gives food to the hungry.” The rich man attached himself to another god, and in the process he lost eternity.

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Discussion Questions

Anne Osdieck

To Ignore The Poor Is To Despise God

What is the missing thing in a person’s life, if all possible time and effort is consumed with caring for his or her own needs and desires?

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A Poem to Sit With

J. Janda

Christ Our Earth

and here lies the


of our selves

that having seen


we choose



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