.- The Holy Father gave his angelus address today on the theme of todayâs Gospel: âThe rich man symbolizes the iniquitous use of riches to obtain a reckless and selfish luxury, thinking only to satisfy himself, without caring about the poor man at his gate.â
Benedict noted that the wealthy man was well considered by society and had made a name for himself, while the poor man was cared for by nobody, yet in Godâs eyes: âthe poor man, in contrast with the rich man, has a name, Lazarus, the abbreviation of Eleazar, which means âGod helps himâ.
âHe who is forgotten by all, God does not forget; he who is of no value in the eyes of men, is precious in the Lordâs eyesâ, the Holy Father stated.
The parable shows a final justice over all earthly injustices: âIt shows how God makes justice for all earthly injustices: after death, Lazarus is gathered into âthe bosom of Abrahamâ, that is, into eternal beatitude, while the rich man ends up âin hell among tormentsâ.
The Holy Father recalled the words of Paul VIâs encyclical, Populorum progression, speaking about the fight against hunger. âWe seek to create a world in which every man can live a fully human lifeâ¦where the poor Lazarus can seat himself at the same table as the rich manâ(n.47).
The Holy Father mentioned specifically âthe countries of sub-Saharan Africa, afflicted in these past days with severe floodsâ as well as other nations experiencing humanitarian emergencies.
Benedict affirmed in the worlds of Paul VI: âThe people of hunger appeal in a dramatic way to the people of opulenceâ (Populorum progressio, 3).
After the angelus, the Holy Father greeted the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors present, including members of the Acton Institute, and administrators and benefactors of Seton Hall University.
In addressing them he stated, âTodayâs Gospel reading reminds us to be generous with the good things we receive in life. In this spirit, may your visit to Castel Gandolfo and Rome be a time filled with thanksgiving and renewed love of the universal Church. Upon you and your families, I invoke the joy and peace of Christ the Lord!â