Today is the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, or as we once would have said, the 18th Sunday after Pentecost. The gospel at today’s Mass is the famous story of Dives (Latin for “rich man”) and poor Lazarus from the gospel of St Luke. In it are sobering reminders that sins of omission can be just as serious as those of commission, and that they can lead to an eternal reality we call hell. The gospel also reminds us of our duty to the poor as something that is not an option but indeed a duty, an obligation. You might like to read this short but punchy commentary.