Gospel: Luke 16:19-31

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke.

Jesus said to the Pharisees: “Once there was a rich man who dressed in purple and linen and feasted splendidly every day.  At the gate of his home lay a beggar named Lazarus, who was covered with sores.  Lazarus longed to eat the scraps that fell from the rich one’s table, and even the dogs came and licked Lazarus’ sores.  One day poor Lazarus died and was carried by the angels to be with Abraham.  The rich man likewise died and was buried.  From the abode of the dead where the rich one was in torment, he raised his eyes and saw Abraham in the distance, and Lazarus resting in his bosom.

”The rich one cried out, ‘Abraham, my father, have pity on me.  Send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water to refresh my tongue, for I am tortured in flames.’  ‘My child,’ replied Abraham, ‘remember that you were well off in your lifetime, while Lazarus was in misery.  Now Lazarus has found consolation here, but you have found torment.  And that is not all. Between you and us there is a fixed chasm, so that those who might wish to come from here to you cannot do so, nor can anyone cross from your side to us.’  ‘Abraham, I ask you, then,’ the rich one said, ‘send Lazarus to my own house where I have five brothers.  Let Lazarus be a warning to them so that they may not end in this place of torment.  Abraham answered, ‘They have Moses and the prophets.  Let them hear them.’  ‘No, Father Abraham,’ replied the rich one.  ‘But if someone would only go to them from the dead, then they would repent.’  Abraham said in reply, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, they will not be convinced even if one should rise from the dead.’ ”

The Good News as spoken through Luke.