Thought Provokers for Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016

lazarus-poor

These thought provokers may help you meditating the Gospel of the day: Luke 16:19-31
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Christianity for the first time made charity a rudimentary virtue….
It effected a complete revolution in this sphere,
by regarding the poor as the special representatives of the Christian Founder
and thus making the love of Christ rather than the love of man
the principle of charity.

W.E.H. Lecky

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Erich Honecker held several of the highest offices in Communist East Germany for almost two decades. He was instrumental in persecuting the church and denying benefits to Christians. Then in 1989, the Berlin Wall fell–and Honecker fell with it. Removed from office and arrested for treason, Honecker and his wife were ailing and helpless.

But Pastor Uwe Holmer and his wife, whose family had suffered under Honecker’s regime, took the Honeckers into their home and provided for their medical care.

The Holmers were much criticized for their benevolence, because people hated Honecker. But Pastor Holmer explained:

“My wife and I feel that everything gets turned around
when all the weakness, all the mistakes, and all the crimes of the past era
are heaped on the shoulders of one man.
If we don’t learn to seek guilt in ourselves,
we’ll never work through the events of the past.”

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The bread in your cupboard belongs to the hungry person,
the coat hanging unused in your closet belongs to the one who needs it,
the shoes rotting in your closet belong to the one who has no shoes,
the money which you hoard away belongs to the poor.

Basil the Great

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I saw a stranger last night.
And I put food in the eating place,
drink in the drinking place,
music in the listening place,
and I heard the lark sing in his song,
often, often, often,
goes the Christ in the stranger’s guise.

A Gaelic poem

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The test of true religion
is not how we treat the man who holds a high position in society,
but how we treat the man who has no position to hold;
not how we respond to the call of the man who wields power,
but how we respond to the call of the man who has no power to command us.
Religion is not how we treat the rich,
but rather what attitude we take toward the poor.

Dr. Benjamin Mays

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About Daniel Mochamps

Church Planter, Anglican Diocese in New England (Anglican Church in North America).
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