Now there was a certain rich man, and he was dressed in purple and fine linen, feasting every day sumptuously. But a certain poor man named Lazarus was laying at his gate while covered with sores and was desiring to be fed from the things which fell from the table of the rich man; yet even the dogs came and licked his sores. But it happened that the poor man died and was carried away by the angels into the bosom of Abraham. Now the rich man also died and was buried and in Hades he lifted up his eyes, while he was in torment, he saw Abraham from a distance and Lazarus in his bosom, and he called out and said, “Father Abraham, have mercy on me and send Lazarus, that he might dip the tip of his finger in water and might cool my tongue, for I am suffering in this flame. But Abraham said, “Child, be mindful that you received your good things in your life and Lazarus likewise bad things; but now in this place he is comforted and you suffer, and in all this between us and you a great chasm has been fixed in order that the ones desiring to pass from here to you may not be able, and none may pass from there to here.” But he said, “Then I beg you, father, that you might send him to the house of my father, for I have five brothers, that he might testify to them, in order that they not also come into this place of torment.” But Abraham said, “You all have Moses and the prophets. Listen to them.” But he said, “No! Father Abraham, but if someone from the dead goes to them they will repent.” But he said to him, “If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone might rise from the dead.” - Translation of Preacher
from Psalm 146: 5,7-10a
Blessed is the one…whose hope is in the LORD his God,
Who does right to those who suffer wrong;
and who feeds the hungry.
The LORD sets the prisoners free;
the LORD gives sight to the blind.
The LORD helps those who have fallen;
the LORD loves the righteous.
The LORD cares for the stranger in the land;
he defend the fatherless and widow.
Then Jesus said to the disciples, ‘There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his property. 2 So he summoned him and said to him, “What is this that I hear about you? Give me an account of your management, because you cannot be my manager any longer.” 3 Then the manager said to himself, “What will I do, now that my master is taking the position away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. 4 I have decided what to do so that, when I am dismissed as manager, people may welcome me into their homes.” 5 So, summoning his master’s debtors one by one, he asked the first, “How much do you owe my master?” 6 He answered, “A hundred jugs of olive oil.” He said to him, “Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it fifty.” 7 Then he asked another, “And how much do you owe?” He replied, “A hundred containers of wheat.” He said to him, “Take your bill and make it eighty.” 8 And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light. 9 And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes.
10 ‘Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. 11 If then you have not been faithful with the dishonest wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? 12 And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to another, who will give you what is your own? 13 No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.’
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