March 24, 2011 by bobet888
Guilty or Not Guilty?
by Fr. Bobby Titco
A reflection on the parable of The Rich Man and Lazarus.
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When we think of our sins against our neighbor, do we focus only on the evil we have committed and neglect the good we have omitted? When we examine our conscience, do we consider as sins only the wrong we have done to others and brush aside the good we have withheld from them? When we are sorry for our sins, are we sorry because we have hurt others but not as sorry because we were indifferent to them? Do we mean what we say when we pray, “I confess to Almighty God and to you, my brothers and sisters, for I have sinned through my own fault in what I have done and IN WHAT I HAVE FAILED TO DO?”
What have we failed to do? We have failed to work against poverty even as we have given dole outs to the poor. We have failed to place our lives on the line even as we have been vocal against injustice done to the poor. We have failed to use our influence and resources to ease the pain of the suffering even as we have been praying for them. We have failed to listen to the marginalized even as we have always been ready to speak for them. We have failed to support the Church in her needs even as we have always professed faith in her. We have failed in many aspects, though we may have not been guilty on several counts.