Here are questions for us to prayerfully consider as we prepare for worship this Sunday (the lessons are from the Track 2 option). We hope you will find them a useful resource as you prepare to receive them in church. Click on the red headings below to go to the reading.
What scares you about this passage? What gives you hope?
Try reading this psalm every morning before you read or watch the news. Does reflecting on its content change how you see and interpret the world? Does it cause you to question some of the judgements you make about what we need to do in response to all the issues we face as a country?
This passage is the source of the popular wisdom, “money is the root of all evil.” However, if we read it closely, the original states, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil…” Like Luke’s Gospel and Fr. Keith’s sermon last Sunday, having wealth is not the issue; serving wealth instead of God is the problem. When we have an emotional attachment to wealth that takes the place of our exclusive loyalty to God, we are tempted to leave God’s path of justice and compassion. How is your relationship to wealth? Are there any changes you may need to make?
If you were one of the rich man’s brothers, what message would you need to hear to change your behavior? In Jesus’ story, Father Abraham refers them to Moses and the Hebrew prophets to find the way toward a change of life. What do you think? As Christians, we would add the Gospels. It is also helpful to know and serve people like Lazarus so we better understand their lives and how we are called to respond. How would knowing people like Lazarus change us?