Luke 16:19-31

“Begging and Chasms”

Why is it that when I have a need it feels real, honest, and justified, but when someone else has a need, it seems made up, untrue, and out of line?  How can the rich man in this parable not see the chasm that he maintained between himself and Lazarus during life, and yet lament so strongly about the chasm between Lazarus and him after death?  What will it take for us to see the needs and humanity of others as connected to our needs and humanity?  Abraham tells the rich man (and us), cynically, but seemingly accurately, that people won’t “be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.”  What will we do to cross chasms and move beyond barriers now?