Eternity Is Our Hope!

There was a rich man who used to dress in purple and fine linen and feast magnificently every day

Luke 16:19
Amos 6:1,4-7; Psalms 146:7-10; I Timothy 6:11-16; Luke 16:19-31

In Greek mythology there is a legend in which Zeus, the righteous ruler of the world, presents his subjects with a big vase filled with everything they would need to be whole and happy persons. The people are overjoyed by this great gift. They begin to dance with such exuberance that the vase falls to the ground and its lid pops off. And before the lid can be put back in place, all of the life-giving gifts escape, except one. The people cringe before the all-powerful Zeus. “Well,” he asks, “what is left?” Peeking inside the vase, one of the subjects reports, “Only hope remains.” To which Zeus replies, “It is enough!”

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” (Lk. 16:19). He dies and wants to come back, but he can’t. He’s stuck! “In his torment… he cries out, “Father Abraham, pity me” (Lk. 16:23). Jesus contrasts the…

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