Amos 6: 1a,4-7
1. Do wealth and self-indulgence always go together? How are they related to your ability to respond to the needs of others?
2. The people in this reading are complacent and comfortable. Would you choose them to be your best friends? Why? 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? With such people at one end of the spectrum and Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta at the other, where do you fall?Second Reading
1 Timothy 6: 11-16
1. Paul was appointed preacher and apostle to take the Good News to the Gentiles. How can you take Christ’s message beyond the sphere of the Church?
2. Paul asks prayers for kings and authority. Do you think the Church today should address political, economic and social problems, or just stick to “religion”? Do you address these issues?Gospel
Luke 16: 19-31
1. Where would you find Lazarus today? What would s/he look like? Do you recognize and care for him/her as God’s beloved child, or do you try to get to the other side of the street when you see him/her coming?
2. Pope Francis says that “vast wealth and resources are in the hands of few.” If it’s not in your capability to change that unjust situation, what smaller things can you do to answer the “cry of the poor”?
This scene reminds us of the harsh words of the Son of man during the final last judgment: “I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was [...] naked and you did not clothe me” (Mt 25: 42).
Lazarus represents the silent cry of the poor of all times and the contradictions of a world where vast wealth and resources are in the hands of few. …
(Pope Francis concluded saying that) the Word of God can revive a withered heart and heal it of blindness, and that God’s saving message overturns the situations of this world by the triumph of His justice and mercy.
Pope Francis, “To Ignore The Poor Is To Despise God”
General Audience, May 18, 2016