Readings: Amos 6:1a, 4-7; Psalm 146; 1 Timothy 6:11-16; Luke 16:19-31
With the rich man of the Gospel we cry out to God and say, Lord have mercy.
Father, have mercy on us who eat well and contentedly while others go hungry,
Father, have mercy on us who sleep safely and warmly in bed while others are homeless,
Father, have mercy on us who spend hours entertaining ourselves while others cannot find work to fill their hours,
Father, have mercy on us who enjoy fine wine and beer while others lack clean water to drink,
Father, have pity on us who add to our wardrobes while others shiver in the cold,
Father, you sent your Son Jesus as one of the homeless, the poor, and the outcast of the world. Teach us to hear and to follow him, who lives with you and the Spirit in the bosom of Abraham, now and forever. Amen