Gulf Is Crossed

Gulf Is Crossed

As we conclude this series, “Having Words With Jesus,” we find ourselves seeing the world as we know it being turned upside down. This Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31) condemns the Rich Man to Hades and elevates Lazarus, the beggar who sought relief outside the gate of the Rich Man, to a place of status in Heaven in the company of Father Abraham. The kin-dom of heaven exemplifies a world turned upside down as expressed in the Magnificat of Mary (Luke 1:46-55) where God looks favorably upon the poor, bringing down the powerful and lifting up the lowly, filling “the hungry with good things and [sending] the rich away empty-handed” (Luke 1:53). 

Jesus continually challenges us and surprises us with his interpretation of the Biblical message. But Jesus’ message is the message that the prophets have been sharing for hundreds of years: a message that God emphasizes care for the poor, the widow, and the orphan.

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