September 30,2007 26th Sunday of Year C

Scripture: Amos 6:4-7
Luke 16:19-31

Here is a modern prarable. In the middle of a hot summer the managing director of a company went to his office in an air-conditioned car. His office had a big glass window facing a beautiful garden - with lawn, flowers, shrubs. He wore his tie and suit because his office was air-conditioned to 23C. It was a hot, humid 32C outside.
At 10 a.m. he was drinking his tea and admiring the scenery when from his window he saw a day-lablurer in the garden .He had employed him only today and intended to employ him for 4-5 days if he was a good worker. But now the director saw him working so slowly, pulling out the weeds. At once he said to himself: "These day-labourers are all like that - so slow, unreliable and cannot be trusted."
At 3 p.m. he looked out again and the worker's pace was the same as this morning, perhaps even slower. The director was so angry that he decided himself to go outside and scold the worker. He stepped outside the door. From a cool 23C he stepped into a very humid 32C. It was a real shock-like stepping into an oven! The president broke out into a sweat, his energy seemed to evaporate. Unitl he had experienced this, he had no idea under what conditions the hired man was working. It was only then that understanding came to him.
Do we understand what it is like to be homeless, to be a day-labourer, to be alone and sad, to be without hope, to be poor, etc. Do we try to enter the heart and circumstance of another or do we live only in our own cosy selfish world? Do we see the Lazarus at our door? To understand is the first step to being mecciful. "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy."

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