A New York Times newspaper column told the story of a New York City woman who was standing at a bank writing table, filling out a form. A man walked up to the table holding a stack of papers. He began writing checks and putting them into envelopes. He obviously was paying bills. When he had finished writing the checks, and stuffing and stamping and licking the envelopes, he turned to the woman, pointed to the envelopes and said, “When I die, I want to come back as my son.”
In today’s Gospel Lesson, Jesus tells a parable about “a rich man who used to dress in purple and fine linen and feast magnificently.” He dies and wants to come back, but he can’t. He’s stuck! Jesus contrasts the life of the rich man with that of a beggar named Lazarus. The rich man had everything, the beggar had nothing. The rich man’s body was adorned with fine, expensive clothes. The beggar’s body was…
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