I’ll be reading the sacred word of God from Luke’s gospel, the sixteenth chapter, verses nineteen through thirty-one, administered and dispensed this day by the letter “d.”
There was a stupendously deep-pocketed man we’ll designate as Divies (which straightforwardly means “loaded dude” in latin) who dressed dapperly in dandy duds and who dined on delicious delicacies daily. Outside the doors of his splendid gated domicile doddered a destitute derelict named Lazarus, covered with open wounds, who longed to address his hunger with but the dregs of Divies’ diet; even the dogs exited the residence and licked his wounds. The destitute derelict died and was carried away by the attendants of God to be with Abraham. Divies also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was bedeviled, he looked up and discerned in the distance, Abraham with Lazarus by his side. Delirious and dehydrated, he called out in distress, “Daddy Abraham, demonstrate kindness and tenderheartedness. Indulge me, and send Lazarus to dip a digit in desperately desired liquid and distribute but a drop on my dessicated, scalded body—on my parched, burned and branded epidermis; for I am in dire distress in these wretched, smoldering conditions.” Said Abraham, “Child, consider that during your days you were awarded good conditions, and Lazarus adversity, bad conditions and deprivations; but from this day forward he is comforted here, and you are abandoned to your ordeal. In addition, regard in the middle of us, a deep divide has been fixed, to keep us asunder. So that those who might desire to wander from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.” Said Divies, “Daddy, I plead with you to deploy him to my kindred’s abode—direct him to deliver a dispatch with all speed—to advise them, so that they might avoid this district of desolation and despair.” Replied Abraham, “They’ve had the words and decrees of Moses and should regard the advice of the prophets; they should deduce their need from all they’ve read and heard.” Said Divies, “No, daddy Abraham; but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will understand.” Said daddy Abraham, “If they do not discern in Moses’ commands the demands of their God and if they disregard what you always deemed the meddling of the prophets, neither will they be persuaded even if someone did rise from the dead.”
Ponder now the profound word of God, and consider designating it deserving of dwelling within you.