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Reflection for the Month: Sharing Resources

Remember Jesus' parable about the rich man and Lazarus. 'There was a rich man who used to dress in purple and fine linen and feast magnificently every day. And at his gate there used to lie a poor man called Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to fill himself with what fell from the rich man's table. Even dogs came and licked his sores.' (Lk.16:19-21) The different fates of the rich man and Lazarus after death are not based on the rich man having been virtuous. They are based on the rich man having had a comfortable and well-fed life, while Lazarus was hungry and miserable.

The point that Jesus is making is that rather than living selfish and self-centred lives and simply taking care of 'number one' or even one's family or one's nation there should be a sharing of resources so that the basic needs of the poor, the marginalized and the oppressed are not ignored. In his parable of the Last Judgment, Jesus even talks about the nations of the world being judged by the way they treat the poor and the oppressed (Mt.25:31-46). So this month we pray that governments everywhere take account of the poor and the oppressed in their policies and plans.

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