First Reading: Amos 6: 1, 4-7
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm146: 7-10
Second Reading: 1Timothy 6: 11-16
Gospel: Luke 16: 19-31
The readings for today emphasize that God is on the side of the poor, the hungry, and the oppressed. Pope Francis recently reminded us that, “Every stranger who knocks at the door is an opportunity for an encounter with Jesus Christ, who identifies with the welcomed and rejected strangers of every age.” Catholic Relief Services statistics show that, with more than 68 million people forcibly displaced around the world, the international community is currently facing challenges unseen since World War II.
The problem seems overwhelming, but with God, all things are possible. We believe in a God who is present in all peoples and all of Creation. This living God links all of us together in mutual love and respect. We have a responsibility to approach all people and living things with compassion. We are called especially to those who are powerless and have no control over their lives or well-being. We are called to use our voices and to act on their behalf in any way that we can whether it be political action, local action or prayer. As people of God by whatever name, we are intimately connected with one another and responsible to care for one another.
Loving Father, provide solace to those who have been witnesses to violence and destruction, who have lost parents, family, friends, home, and all they cherish due to war or persecution. Comfort them in their sorrow, and bring help in their time of need. Open our hearts to migrant and refugee children in need, so that we might see in them your own migrant Son. Give us courage to stand up in their defense against those who would do them harm. For this we pray through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
Joan Caldwell, Associate