The rich and the poor

lazarusrichman008587wm__18323-1469225773-500-659A reflection from a Steward…

In Luke 16:19-31, we learn about the rich and the poor, all they had and didn’t have, one with an earthly reward and one with a Heavenly reward. As I read these verses and the reflection from the Holy Fathers, I thought about the rich man and all that God had blessed him with. The rich man chose not to be a good Steward and not to share any of his wealth with Lazarus – although he had an abundance of everything.

How many times do I walk by the homeless person? How often do I avoid making eye contact with the woman carrying the sign “Please Help Me” on the exit ramp if the highway? How many times do I pass judgment on the person in need when I should not? How many times do I say “I am just too busy to spend an hour at the homeless shelter?”

From this Gospel reading, I decided to change how I approach these situations, not just from the perspective of sharing what God has provided for me, but, from the thought that I will be judged based on what I have done and my Stewardship is part of my personal Salvation!

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Guiding the Stewardship Committee, as part of the National Standing Committees of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the United States
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