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Dear Friends, 

 Thanks

My sincere thanks to all who contributed to the Wexford Cycle charity. It all came to an amazing €8,029.32. It matters a great deal because the cycle makes only about €220k and your contributions make up a not insignificant portion of that. 

 The readings

The Gospel is the well-remembered story of Dives and Lazarus. It is extremely well matched with the blunt reading from Amos. Even the excerpt from Timothy is a response to the abuse of money (as noted in the immediately preceding verses). Nevertheless, the Gospel is not simple. Clearly, it is about contrasting destinies. But even more, it is an appeal—underlined by Dives himself, as he remembers his five brothers—to use the present moment. In particular, we may note, it underlines the use of the Word of God (“Moses and prophets”), as the basis for coming both to conversion and to resurrection faith. 

 Gospel Audio

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 Music

There is an old Norfolk folksong based on this parable and the words are interesting: 

 Dives And Lazarus

And it fell out upon one day rich Diverus held a feast
And he invited all his friends and gentry of the best
And it fell out upon one day poor Lazarus he was so poor
He came and laid him down and down, even down by Diverus’ door

He came and laid him down and down, even down by Diverus’ door
Some meat, some drink, brother Diverus, do bestow upon the poor
Thou art none of mine, brother Lazarus, lying begging at my door
No meat nor drink will I give thee nor bestow upon the poor

Then Lazarus laid him down and down, even down by Diverus’ wall
Some meat, some drink, brother Diverus, or surely starve I shall
Thou art none of mine, brother Lazarus, lying begging at my wall
No meat nor drink will I give thee, and surely starve thou shall

Then Diverus sent his merry men to whip poor Lazarus away
They had not power to whip one whip but threw their whips away
Then Diverus sent his hungry dogs to bite poor Lazarus away
They had not power to bite one bite but licked his sores away

Then it fell out upon one day poor Lazarus sickened and he died
There came two angels out of Heaven his soul thereto to guide
Rise up, rise up, brother Lazarus, and come along with me
For there is a place prepared in Heaven for to sit on an angel’s knee

Then it fell out upon one day rich Diverus sickened and he died
There came two serpents out of Hell his soul thereto to guide
Rise up, rise up, brother Diverus, and come along with me
For there is a place prepared in Hell for to sit on a serpent’s knee

R. Vaughan Williams researched the tune of the ballad and wrote a marvellous set of variations on it. You can listen to the music here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwr46veZW3Q.

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 Best regards, 

 Kieran O’Mahony, OSA

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