The Gospel presents us with three images.
The first is the image of the rich, “stretched comfortably on their couches and dressed in purple and linen and feasting splendidly every day.”
The second is the image of the “beggar named Lazarus who was covered with sores” which the dogs came and licked. “Lazarus longed to eat the scraps that fell from the rich man’s table.”
The third is the image of God, who supports, lifts up, heals, protects and feeds the oppressed, the hungry, captives, the blind, strangers, the fatherless and the widow.
The rich man in the parable faces eternal misery, separated from God. In ignoring the needs of the beggar, he had made himself un-Godlike. He had made a statement about the poor, and in so doing he had cut himself off from the God who protects the poor.
There is only one God to spend eternity with, the God who “secures justice for the oppressed, gives food to the hungry.”
all the faithful departed and all those living with or recovering from illness or undergoing medical treatment including: Vera Allen, Marc Bailey, Mary Birks, Ken Boyes, Amanda Bradbury, Vera Bradbury, Archie Brocklehurst, Liz Carroll, Ethan Connolly, Ron Coyle, Margaret Cripps, Marian Cullen, Josie & John Daintith, John Daniels, Nadine Davies, Monica Dixon, Jimmy Evans, Laurie Finn, Pat Fisher, Fred Gatley, Larry Gilfedder, Maureen Gingell, Teresa Glover, Jamie Graham, Joan Grant, Tom Hopkins, Mary Howard, Graham Hutson, Joan Johnson, Lilly Kelly, Wendy Kirkpatrick, Fulvia Large, Esther Lloyd Jones, Renaldo Marcella, Bernadette MacConkey, Abigail McNicholas, Eileen Moyse, James O’Hara, May O’Rourke, Mary Pajak, Charles Pendry, Margaret Pickup, Eileen & Tony Potter, Fionuala Price, David Prince, Margaret Quinn, Christine Rowe, Shelley Scott, Darcie Sharp, Fred Simpson, Margaret Smith, Tom & Hazel Sudell, Canon Harry Stratton, Michael Swift, Howard Tomlinson, Pam Traynor, Pamela Verdon, Cecily Waite, Ben Watson, Mary Weavers, Ann Weiss, Graham Wilkes, John Williams & Colin Wright.