Point 1. The rich man’s great sin is that he doesn’t even take notice. In this parable, the most shocking sin is that he doesn't even notice him... he walks right past, every day, secure in his own little world, not letting the suffering of others disturb his peace. And this is a major temptation for everyone, whatever your bank account is... to shut out suffering, to make yourself a comfortable little world where everything's fine and other people's pain doesn't really bother you. That is, not to put too fine a point on it, the road to hell.
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The words of Jesus here in the fourteenth chapter of Luke are a literary kick in the stomach. We’re going to try to make sense of them, to receive this Word with the proper mind of the Church rather than some personal interpretation. To do that, we’re going to start in the rather confusing middle, then look at the end of the passage, then finally see what we can make of the shocking beginning.
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I remember hanging out with a group of friends, seems like it was probably freshman year of college, people I was just getting to know. It was one of those kind of random groups; it’s not like anyone was invited, just whoever happened to be there. Anyway there was one guy who was just really annoying the heck out of me, and I knew I wasn’t the only one. And I was kind of thinking, “how are we going to get rid of this guy?” But everyone else seemed to just accept it. Naturally and automatically. After a ridiculously long time, it finally dawned on me that they just didn’t want to exclude him, that they cared more about being welcoming than they did about the purity and coolness of the group. Have you ever had one of those moments where you suddenly realize that there are lots of people in the world who are just much, much better human beings than you? In hindsight I can look back and understand why I desperately wanted to be part of a group that only accepted cool people. Be