The Exalted One

Being found in our human state, he humbled himself:
and became obedient unto death,
even death on a cross.

Gospel Reading - The Rich Man and Lazarus


19“There was a certain rich man,” Jesus said, “who was splendidly clothed and lived each day in mirth and luxury. 20One day Lazarus, a diseased beggar, was laid at his door. 21As he lay there longing for scraps from the rich man’s table, the dogs would come and lick his open sores. 22Finally the beggar died and was carried by the angels to be with Abraham in the place of the righteous dead.a The rich man also died and was buried, 23and his soul went into hell.b There, in torment, he saw Lazarus in the far distance with Abraham.

24“‘Father Abraham,’ he shouted, ‘have some pity! Send Lazarus over here if only to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in these flames.’

25“But Abraham said to him, ‘Son, remember that during your lifetime you had everything you wanted, and Lazarus had nothing. So now he is here being comforted and you are in anguish. 26And besides, there is a great chasm separating us, and anyone wanting to come to you from here is stopped at its edge; and no one over there can cross to us.’

27“Then the rich man said, ‘O Father Abraham, then please send him to my father’s home — 28for I have five brothers—to warn them about this place of torment lest they come here when they die.’

29“But Abraham said, ‘The Scriptures have warned them again and again. Your brothers can read them any time they want to.’

30“The rich man replied, ‘No, Father Abraham, they won’t bother to read them. But if someone is sent to them from the dead, then they will turn from their sins.’

31“But Abraham said, ‘If they won’t listen to Moses and the prophets, they won’t listen even though someone rises from the dead.’”c

. . . . .Luke 16:19-31
  1. Literally, “into Abraham’s bosom.”
  2. Literally, “into Hades.”
  3. Even Christ’s resurrection failed to convince the Pharisees, to whom he gave this illustration.

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
     hallowed be your name,
     your kingdom come,
     your will be done,
          on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
     as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
     and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
     now and for ever.