Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Amos 6:1, 4-7
I Timothy 6:11-16
Spiritual complacency is wrong; it may even be a sin! Spiritual complacency happens anytime we fail to give God glory and praise for all of our blessings in our lives. Anytime we think only of ourselves, and not of God; we fall into complacency and are not living a Godly life! Here is a test. How many times this past week did we say to ourselves, “I do not feel like doing that?” Our readings are given to us to shake us out of our complacency.
In our first reading the prophet Amos gives strong words, as he says, “Woe to the complacent in Zion.” He is not talking to just a few, he is talking to a whole nation of people. The people in the Northern Kingdom were experiencing great wealth, and they thought because they were God’s people they deserved their wealth. Amos warns them they are going down the wrong path.
In our Gospel, we heard a parable of a wealthy man who wears fine garments and eats well every day. However, lying outside his door to his home is a poor man named Lazarus. This is the only time in all of the parables, that Jesus gives a name to someone. The name “Lazarus” means “God has helped.” Jesus thinks very highly of this Lazarus. Both men die; Lazarus gets carried to heaven by angels, while the rich man goes to hades. Now the lives of the rich man and the life of Lazarus are switched. While Lazarus was on earth, he was so crippled he could not even stop the dogs from licking his sores. However, in heaven it shows that he really had God in his heart, and never became complacent, and he never complained, and he won his eternal reward. The rich man wasted his life by being complacent and relying on his wealth, and could not even bother with Lazarus at his door. The meaning of the parable is not about if we are wealthy or poor. The meaning to the parable is are we attentive the movement of God or are we complacent in our faith.
The problem with the parable that I see, is I want to be Lazarus, when I am honest, I am really the rich man. To shake us from our complacency, we can use the simple principle of D.O.O.R.. The letter ‘D” is to delight in God’s word, and in prayer, to God every day. The first “O” is to be open to daily examining our lives, and reviewing how we are doing. The second “O” is to offer ourselves to God in receiving the sacrament of reconciliation as often as we need it. The “R,” is to run our race of faith to win. When we get tired, to find another breath to keep going.
The Eucharist is shared with us today to shake us from our complacency, because God is giving everything, we need. Wow!