Take care of the poor and needy - Lk 16, 19-31
At that time, Jesus said to the Pharisees: 19 "a man was Rico, who dressed with fine clothes and elegant and splendid partied every day. 20 1 poor, named Lazarus, full of wounds, was on the floor in front of Rico. 21 he wanted to kill the hunger with the scraps that fell from the table of Rico. And, in addition, were the dogs lick their wounds. 22 When the poor died, the angels took him unto Abraham. Rico also died and was buried. 23 in the region of the dead, in the midst of torments, Rico raised his eyes and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by your side. 24 Then shouted: ' father Abraham, have mercy on me! Send Lazarus to wet the fingertip to freshen up the language, because I suffer a lot in these flames. 25 But Abraham replied, ' Son, remember that you received your property during your life and Lazarus, for your time, the evils. Now, however, he finds solace here and you are tormented. 26 and, in addition, there is a great gulf between us: no matter how much someone wanted, could not pass from here to you, and then they could go through to us '. 27 the Rico insisted: ' Father, I beg you, send Lazarus to my father's House, 28 because I have five brothers. Send warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment. ' 29 But Abraham replied, ' they have Moses and the prophets, the listen! ' 30 the Rico insisted: ' no, father Abraham, but if one of the dead is to them, will certainly become '. 31 But Abraham said to him: ' If you do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not believe, even if someone resurrect from the dead ".
Unfortunately, there is a great social gulf between rich and poor, which allows some sweeping sort of have to throw away food and so on; and many others living in misery, starving and need. And that creates, especially, this great chasm is the indifference of those who have with those who have nothing. It is important that, at this time we're living in, take conscience that the problem and the suffering of the poor is our. Hunger, thirst, the need, all that he passes, we cannot behave with indifference. There are many Lazarus among us, there are many people experiencing true hunger, material poverty, without having anything to eat, what to wear or what to drink; and we can't say that this is not our problem. We can't have the opulence of Rico. As much as I say: "I'm not Rico!", but that's not the point. The question that has inflicted and away this Rico of the Kingdom of God was your indifference to the poor who was at the door of your House every day. Let us not be indifferent to the poor or poverty in the world, we are not acting as if this problem wasn't ours. We all need to open our hearts to welcome, love and care of Lazarus that are outside our homes.
Adapted by Flávio from site CN
Jesus, abre o nosso coração para acolher, amar e cuidar dos Lázaros que estão à porta de nossas casas.
Traçando o sinal da cruz em seu/ua filho/a: Abençoe a você (nome do filho/a), nosso Deus que é † Pai, Filho e Espírito Santo, para que você filho/a viva sempre no amor de Deus e fazendo só o bem a todos. Amém!
By tracing the sign of the cross in you say: Bless me Lord God that is † father, son, and holy spirit, to live always in your love and doing good to all. Amen!
By tracing the sign of the cross on your son/daughter/au: Bless you (name of child), our God who is † father, son, and holy spirit, for you child alive always in love of God and doing good to all. Amen!