We can combine the first reading with the Gospel story of the rich man and Lazarus.
The rich man is one who “trusts in human beings, who seeks his strength in flesh, whose heart turns away from the Lord.”
Lazarus is like “the man who trusts in the Lord, whose hope is in the Lord. He is like a tree planted beside the waters that stretches out its roots to the stream. Its leaves stay green.”
One time I thought I might buy two little bushes illustrate a homily on this theme. I was picking my way trough the back lot of a local nursery, when a young assistant came out to help me.
He assured me he knew every shrub the place carried, so I explained my need. “I want a dried up spindly little shrub, then a bushy green one to illustrate a homily.”
The young man said, “Yeah? Well, I better go get the boss.”