26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, 25th September 2016

Be aware of those in need

The readings this week focus on our duty as Christians to be aware of those in need.

In the First Reading, the prophet Amos reproaches the wealthy Israelites with their dissolute way of life and warns them of the consequences of their actions: they will be the first to be exiled.

Psalm 145 highlights the way the Lord loves the poor and oppressed, the hungry, the blind, the widow and orphans in a special way.

The Second Reading, part of the 1st letter to Timothy, encourages us to ‘Fight the good fight of the faith’ and to do our duty as Christians until the Lord comes again.

The Gospel takes up the same theme as the first reading: Terrible things will happen to those rich and powerful people who ignore the plight of those who suffer around them.

This week then, I might want to focus my prayer especially on the great disparity between the ‘Haves’ and the ‘Have Nots’ and to ask for the grace not to close my eyes on those who are in need.

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