Comission vs. Omission

by Sr. Juliemarie Mcdonald, SND. on 09/23/2016

in Ordinary Time

Twenty-sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time — Cycle C

“Then Abraham said, ‘If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets,neither
will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead. “

Amos addresses the inattention, as well as mercy and compassion that will bring doom upon Dives the rich man. While in Luke’s gospel has Jesus’ addressing the Pharisees, who loved money and riches. Jesus loved to tell stories to get his point across. In this Sunday’s gospel tells in a parable the story of Dives (riches) and Lazarus (God is my help). What a contrast is seen between  these two men!

Commission vs. Omission

Commission is doing, action. Omission is not doing, not acting. Is it as easy as defining words? The answer is NO, not according the parable of The Rich Man and Lazarus. There is so much more in the gospel as Jesus tells this story. What does it mean to us? Does it matter or is
it the same parable we have heard over and over? Where do I fit into this story? Jesus is making a few comparisons for all of us to think about in our reflections.

Rich man vs. Poor man

Acting vs. Non-Action

Awareness vs. Unawareness

Heaven vs. Hell

Law vs. Liberty

Acting vs. Procrastinating

Sightless vs. Seeing

Ignorance vs. knowledge

Godless vs. Godliness

Affluence vs. Poverty


For Reflection and Sharing:

  1. Respond to the questions in the introductory paragraph of the poem.
  2. Look over the list of contrasts. Where do you fit in the picture?
  3. 3. What might be some of your reasons for your personal unawareness?
  4. Where will you start mending your failures?

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