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Rich and poor, good and evil, death and life, worship of self instead of God—there are stark contrasts in the readings for this week. The rainbow image from the Alphabyte suggests that we be alert to colors that would further the impact of all the readings upon your days. From the purple finery of Dives, to the garish colors of the dragon and the beasts of Revelation, your imaginations lead you through the inward senses of sight, sound and smell to the Lamb of God resting within.
Dives only saw the riches on his table. Blind to the beggar, he was blind to the Jesus present in the poor, recalling Matthew 25: “Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty . . . ?” The rich man did not see Jesus on this side of the grave; neither will he see Jesus on the other side. Self-absorption and self-worship—he will only have himself for all eternity: how tormenting!
O Lord, Your poor being near. v. 20
Carrying me in Your arms. v. 22
O Lord, have mercy on me. v. 24
Being rich in You, O Lord. v. 25
This is the fifth of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide, Year C.
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