Like Snow Upon The Desert

Between you and us there is fixed a great abyss, so that those who might wish to cross from here to you cannot do so, nor can anyone cross from your side to us

Luke 16:26
Luke 16:19-31

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Today’s Gospel Lesson is about a person whose way of life has entrapped him in a hopeless situation: a man without hope! In First Corinthians, St. Paul identifies “hope” as one of the three abiding gifts of Grace: “Faith, hope and love abide,” he says.

Omar Khayyam (the poet who wrote the famous line, “A loaf of bread, a jug of wine and thou”), also wrote about hope:

The worldly hope that men set their hearts upon
turns to ashes or it prospers and, anon,
like snow upon the desert’s dusty face
lighting a little hour or two, is gone.

That is a striking image, especially for those who know the desert and have…

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