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Scripture Reflection by Dr. Carolyn Schaeffer, Professor of Teacher Education
The Rich Man and Lazarus
The story of the Rich Man and Lazarus is very familiar to me. I remember as a child hearing the gospel and wonder if I am doing enough to take care of the “Lazarus” of this world. This Bible Story has often been repeated as a theme during weekly Vacation Bible School curriculums so that the children can listen and learn from the experience of two different characters of the men. This is taught to allow awareness of the goodness we have in our life and remember to care for those in need.
What are we doing to enrich our lives and the lives of others that would be pleasing to God? Do we “think about” serving others? Good intentions are not good unless they are fulfilled. To think about doing something to help others but not following through is just like not doing it at all.
This Gospel reading reminds me to be reflective of my actions. What legacy do you leave this world? How do you want to be remembered when you are gone? Am I living my life like the Rich Man?
Let us remember that we are called to GIVE to others and let God do the math.