Just to complete my reflections on the “Dives and Lazarus” parable centralized in last Sunday’s homily, here are my “translations” of the day’s readings. As I said on Sunday, these liturgical selections provide a virtual catechism on liberation theology which I consider the most important theological development of the last 1500 years. Please check out the actual readings here to see if I’ve translated them correctly.
Amos 6:1A, 4-7 The Spirit of Life informs us that: Complacent “religious” people Are in for a sad surprise. They might be enjoying Their “Sleep Number” mattresses And Lazy Boy chairs; While gorging on Wagyu Beef And meats No one else can afford; They might be attending A-list concerts And drinking Chateau Lafite While reeking of Chanel Grand Extrait. But the world’s on fire! And its flames will soon consume Even the decadent lifestyles Of the super-rich. Psalm 146: 7, 8-9, 9-10 For the poor, There’s a certain Schadenfreude In all of this. For God’s future assures Downfall for the rich While promising Justice for the oppressed Rich food for those now hungry And liberation for the imprisoned. The obtuse will see, We’re told. The overworked Will be relieved. Immigrants and refugees Will be safe at last. Children born out of wed-lock And abandoned women Will finally know peace. 1 Timothy 6:11-16 So, be of good heart. Despite appearances, That golden future awaits Those who live like Jesus. He was so committed To the poor To justice, non-violence Patience and love That the imperialized world Could not stand it. Nevertheless, his powerful Christ-consciousness (That you btw have promised To live by) Will bring the world A completely new order And enlightenment beyond Our wildest imaginings. 2 Corinthians 8:9 In fact, Jesus accomplished All of that By becoming a poor man Not a rich one So that we might know Where true wealth lies And live accordingly. Luke 16: 19-31 Jesus illustrates His meaning With the story (Told to the complacent believers) Of poor Lazarus Who often begged From a rich man. But soon had Dives Begging from him And experiencing The awful frustration Of unbridgeable gaps In consumption And in ability To communicate The desperation And torment, Of hunger and thirst Even if revealed By a ghost from the other side.