Amos 6:1-7; Luke 16:19-31 — Today’s Bible readings at Mass bring to mind that there are 2 ways to put a nail into a wall: a series of hits with a light hammer, or a single smash with a sledgehammer. Today, the Bible gives us the sledgehammer. There are people suffering everywhere in the world today: desperately poor and starving, profoundly hurting, gut-wrenchingly terrified. To have caused that and repented is forgivable. To live well but blindly in the face of it, to live comfortably and do nothing to address it, is not. Hell laughs at the comfortable and complacent in this life, and awaits them in the next.
Rev. Msgr. William J. King