Reading 1: Jeremiah 17:5-10; Gospel: Luke 16:19-31
Between us and you a great gulf has been created
One curiosity in this dramatic story of Jesus is the unbridgeable gap between Lazarus and Dives (rich man) mentioned by Abraham! What is this gulf, and who created it? Well, it was developed by Dives while he was on earth! The other world is only a reflection of this world. The more this gap develops, the harder it is for the richer man to bridge it in the Kingdom. It becomes easier for a camel to go through the eye of the needle!
The problem in the world today is this unbelievable gap between the rich and the poor and the near universal indifference of our rulers about it. Some years ago, they said that the top 10% of world population possessed 80% of its wealth, while the other 80% were condemned to fight among themselves for the 20% remaining! It has worsened since. Today’s (16 Jan, 2017) BBC News says that just 8 billionaires own as much property as half of the world’s population! How to call this, gulf, chasm, gap or space? Just like Dives, the richest in the world are not even aware of the poor man lying at their doors. The economic systems are arranged to increase this gap and hence everyone personally feels absolved of this sin.
They are creating a paradise on this earth. But paradise without inclusion is going to turn to hell – may be in this world itself, if the poor rise up in anger. Jesus was angry with this divide in Israel. His reserved his strongest condemnations, not against the prostitutes and the publicans, but against the richer classes.