Today’s Gospel has a winner, Lazarus, and a loser, the rich man. And a clear target: “those… who loved money.” Our first reading also takes aim at the rich and comfortable. The prophet Amos thunders at those who sleep on elegant beds, eating the best of the flocks and herds, humming along with the harpist, and drinking wine by the bowlful. Are we getting nervous yet? A scold-the-rich homily seems to be just the thing today. But that’s not how I see it. Of course we’re being warned about the dangers of riches and the evils of ignoring the poor.
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