The Gospel story of the beggar Lazarus and the rich man (Luke16:19-31) provides a poignant backdrop for the Reconciliation Ministry Special Offering, which will be received in most congregations on Sunday, Oct. 3., when we will also celebrate World Communion Sunday. While Lazarus subsisted on the crumbs that fell from the rich man’s table in life, after they died the tables were turned – literally. According to the parable, the wealthy man’s earthly opulence could not help him in his torment in hell or even buy a drop of water to cool his tongue.
"The striking message of the parable is Abraham’s reference of the great "chasm" between Lazarus’ position and the rich man’s position in the afterlife …" states Minister of Reconciliation April Johnson. "’This is from God, who reconciled God’s self through Jesus Christ and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.’ (2 Corinthians 5:18). The chasm between ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots,’ between quality education and broken school systems, between healthy families and families of perpetual brokenness is bridged by us – this day." To read "A Reflection on Reconciliation Ministry Offering," written by Johnson, see:www.reconciliationministry.org/RMSpecialOffering/AReflection/tabid/768/Default.aspx