Faith Weekly: Reversal of Fortune

One of my favorite commentaries on scripture is called The Gospel in Solentiname (pronounced so-LEN-teh-NAH-me).  It’s not the product of stuffy academic types.

Instead, it is a collection of “dialogue sermons” in which a Catholic priest named Ernesto Cardenal and residents of a small fishing village in Nicaragua read scripture and talked about it.  This was in the 1960s and ‘70s as the revolution against the Somoza regime unfolded.  The reversal of fortune theme in Luke was powerful for people who had been oppressed for decades.

Here’s a couple of observations made in response to this Sunday’s Gospel reading, Luke 16:19-31:

GLORIA:  “The rich man’s sin was that he had no compassion.  Poverty was at his door and that didn’t disturb him at his parties.”

ALEJANDRO:  “If we were selfish we’d say: let the rich continue with their scheme and let the poor man get saved.  But that would be kind of bad, wouldn’t it?  To want the rich man to get screwed because of his wealth.”

So, what do you make of this story told by Jesus?  Does it make you uncomfortable?  Feel a little parched?  What does it suggest to you about God?

                                                                                    — Pastor Mark Rollenhagen