“Woe to the complacent…” “Blessed he who keeps faith forever, secures justice for the oppressed, gives food to the hungry.”
The rich man kept Lazarus at a safe distance. He refused to reach out to touch, a very needy person. He also resisted being touched by the poor man. That’s never a good thing but especially not when the name “Lazarus” means “God is my help”. His grace is not something to keep at arm’s length. Here is just a simple statement. Every person I know who has been touched through their personal contact with the poor, in its many forms, is a deeper person for that contact. That depth has to do with the awareness of the more important values of life.