The Real Truth about the Rich Man and Lazarus

This morning, the parable opens by Jesus telling us…

“There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously ever day, and there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, and desiring to be fed with crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table.”

This parable is one of the most regularly misused passages in Scripture. Every social welfare movement, and every liberation theology adopts Lazarus as its standard bearer and converts this parable into a political message. The goal of this is to draft Jesus into their movement, and somehow retroactively imply the support of Jesus for their political and social agenda. There are many problems with that, and I get it, but the biggest problem with that is — this gospel lesson has nothing to do with anyone’s political or social agenda.

So, what is the real truth about the rich man and Lazarus?  Click the following link to hear the rest:

http://stalbansanglican.org/System/Media/Play.asp?id=40752&Key=05C6ADD0-60D7-417D-A1D1-48373DFFE7BA

God’s Agenda or Yours?

Delivered by Archbishop Council Nedd II at St. Alban’s Anglican Church on the First Sunday After Ascension

“… The Comforter is how Jesus describes the Holy Ghost. And Jesus chose the word “comforter” to describe the Holy Ghost because Jesus knew precisely what was in store for the new Christians. He goes on to warn them that they are going to be expelled from the synagogues. Worse than that, people will try to kill the Christians, solid in their belief that they are doing God a favor…”

It’s all very prophetic, but it really doesn’t deal with the event we are actually commemorating, which is Jesus’ ascent to heaven, and the apostles’ reaction.

Ascension174The apostles’ reactions immediately prior to the Ascension tell a significant story. They illustrate with crystal clarity the stubbornness with which we subordinate God’s agenda to our own, and we do this without actually realizing it. Today’s Gospel provides a very useful contrast between what Jesus actually said at the Last Supper, and what the apostles thought they heard. This Passover meal was Jesus’ last opportunity to prepare the Apostles for the ordeal to come…”

To hear the full sermon, click the following link:

http://stalbansanglican.org/System/Media/Play.asp?id=40752&Key=E8E347E1-876F-44FD-B31A-1727AC77552A