September 29, 2019
Pentecost 16C
Luke 16:19-31

 

 

“There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day.  And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich man’s table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores.  The poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried.  In Hades, where he was being tormented, he looked up and saw Abraham far away with Lazarus by his side.”

 

This week’s Gospel is terrifying.  As much as we would like to somehow “spiritualize” the story, the meaning seems very clear.  The Gospel comforts the afflicted, and afflicts the comfortable.  “Let those who have ears, hear.  Let those who have eyes, see.”

 

 

      1. If The World Should End Today

 

 

If the world should end today,
Would you hold my hand?
If time should run dry,
Would you understand?
I’ve been alone one too many times
And when I die, I’d like to look into someone’s eyes
If today life ends,
Would you be a friend?

 

If the world should end today,
Could you cross the line?
Would you step beyond the fear,
Step out of your mind?
I’ve been untouched for such a long, long time
My heart beats slow, Can you make me feel like I’m alive
If today life ends,
Would you be a friend?

 

Yesterdays are only memories of the fall
Tomorrows only hope is that it won’t come at all
That leaves today, If you pass my way?

 

If the world should end today,
Would you set me free?
If the dream finally appears,
Would you look at me?
I’ve been alone one too many times
And when I die I’d like to look into someone’s eyes
If today life ends,
Would you be a friend?

 

Would you hold my hand?
Would you understand?
If today life ends,
Would you be a friend?

 

 

 

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