This passage has drawn some attention lately because of the homily 2-3(?) weeks back, and I wanted to post for people’s insights on the following part of the passage that has drawn my curiosity in the past:
Luke 16: 22-26 NRSVCE
The poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was being tormented, he looked up and saw Abraham far away with Lazarus by his side. He called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in agony in these flames.’ But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that during your lifetime you received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in agony. Besides all this, between you and us a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who might want to pass from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.’
“So that those who might want to pass form here to you cannot do so”
What do you suppose this is all about? Why would those in Abraham’s bosom want to cross over to the place where the rich man is? I have some thoughts for this, but I just wanted to leave this completely open.