Monday, June 11, 2012
The Octave of Trinity
In addition to being a poor beggar (St. Luke 16:19-31), while the rich man has his "good things" in his life, Lazarus has a name; the rich man does not: Jesus knows Lazarus' name. Moreover, the rich man thinks little of Moses and the Prophets, but Abraham indicates that it is only this--the word of God--that produces repentance. So the tables are turned. Whereas Lazarus desired only the rich man's crumbs, now the rich man desires only the tip of Lazarus' finger. And that makes Lazarus no longer a poor beggar, but a prince, such as those who summon servants by the lifting of their little fingers. The sermon.