Bible Study


Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time C Lectionary: 138

Reading 1 - AM 6:1A, 4-7

Thus says the LORD the God of hosts: Woe to the complacent in Zion! Lying upon beds of ivory, stretched comfortably on their couches, they eat lambs taken from the flock, and calves from the stall! Improvising to the music of the harp, like David, they devise their own accompaniment. They drink wine from bowls and anoint themselves with the best oils; yet they are not made ill by the collapse of Joseph! Therefore, now they shall be the first to go into exile, and their wanton revelry shall be done away with.

Responsorial Psalm - PS 146:7, 8-9, 9-10

R. (1b) Praise the Lord, my soul! or: R. Alleluia. Blessed he who keeps faith forever, secures justice for the oppressed, gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets captives free. R. Praise the Lord, my soul! or: R. Alleluia. The LORD gives sight to the blind. The LORD raises up those who were bowed down; the LORD loves the just. The LORD protects strangers. R. Praise the Lord, my soul! or: R. Alleluia. The fatherless and the widow he sustains, but the way of the wicked he thwarts. The LORD shall reign forever; your God, O Zion, through all generations. Alleluia. R. Praise the Lord, my soul! or: R. Alleluia.

Reading 2 - 1 TM 6:11-16

But you, man of God, pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience, and gentleness. Compete well for the faith. Lay hold of eternal life, to which you were called when you made the noble confession in the presence of many witnesses. I charge you before God, who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus, who gave testimony under Pontius Pilate for the noble confession, to keep the commandment without stain or reproach until the appearance of our Lord Jesus Christ that the blessed and only ruler will make manifest at the proper time, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, and whom no human being has seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal power. Amen.

Gospel - LK 16:19-31

Jesus said to the Pharisees: "There was a rich man who dressed in purple garments and fine linen and dined sumptuously each day. And lying at his door was a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who would gladly have eaten his fill of the scraps that fell from the rich man's table. Dogs even used to come and lick his sores. When the poor man died, he was carried away by angels to the bosom of Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried, and from the netherworld, where he was in torment, he raised his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. And he cried out, 'Father Abraham, have pity on me. Send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am suffering torment in these flames.' Abraham replied, 'My child, remember that you received what was good during your lifetime while Lazarus likewise received what was bad; but now he is comforted here, whereas you are tormented. Moreover, between us and you a great chasm is established to prevent anyone from crossing who might wish to go from our side to yours or from your side to ours.’ He said, 'Then I beg you, father, send him to my father's house, for I have five brothers, so that he may warn them, lest they too come to this place of torment.' But Abraham replied, 'They have Moses and the prophets. Let them listen to them.' He said, 'Oh no, father Abraham, but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.' 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.'"


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These questions are for reflection and discussion. Please understand that the homily may not address any of these questions directly. God speaks to hearts that are prepared.

1.It may be helpful to know in the first reading, when Joseph is mentioned, it refers to the northern kingdom of Israel who had divided themselves from the southern kingdom of Judah after Solomon’s death. What is the problem that the prophet Amos addresses? What does the collapse of Joseph refer to?

2.Is there anything intrinsically wrong with the enjoyment and pleasures Amos mentions? What made it wrong in this context? What is the exile mentioned in this passage?

3.The Psalmist says Praise the Lord, my soul! What part of him is addressing his soul? Have you ever directed your soul to do anything? Have you ever praised the Lord in this fashion?

4.Whom does the Lord help, according to this Psalm? Whom does he thwart? Has the Lord ever help you? Has he ever thwarted you?

5.How is the second reading an antidote to the problem of the first reading? What part of this advice to Timothy do you need in your life?

6.Paul writes that no human being has seen or can see God. But didn’t the people of Jesus’ generation see him, and isn’t he God? How can you explain this?

7.In the Gospel story, did Lazarus go to the place of rest in Abraham’s bosom because he was poor? Did the rich man go to a place of torment because he was rich? Did the rich man perhaps exhibit the attitude and actions rebuked by Amos in the first reading? How poor do you have to be to go to heaven?

8.Do we ever see the rich man acknowledge Lazarus as a person in this story, or is he treated more as an object? Are there people in our lives that we fail to acknowledge as a person?

9.Abraham says in response to the rich man’s plea They have Moses and the prophets. Let them listen to them. Do you think this is fair? Did Abraham have Moses and the prophets? Moses and the prophets is essentially referring to the Old Testament (like the prophet Amos). From your knowledge of the Old Testament, what can you think of that would have adequate warning to the brothers of the rich man?

10.What has God spoken to you, and what do you intend to do about it?

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