Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/022813.cfm
Jesus said to the Pharisees: “There was a rich man who dressed in purple garments and fine linen and dined sumptuously each day. And lying at his door was a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who would gladly have eaten his fill of the scraps that fell from the rich man’s table. Dogs even used to come and lick his sores. When the poor man died, he was carried away by angels to the bosom of Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried, and from the netherworld, where he was in torment, he raised his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. And he cried out, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me.
Send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am suffering torment in these flames.’ Abraham replied, ‘My child, remember that you received what was good during your lifetime while Lazarus likewise received what was bad; but now he is comforted here, whereas you are tormented. Moreover, between us and you a great chasm is established to prevent anyone from crossing who might wish to go from our side to yours or from your side to ours.’ He said, ‘Then I beg you, father, send him to my father’s house, for I have five brothers, so that he may warn them, lest they too come to this place of torment.’
But Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the prophets. Let them listen to them.’ He said, ‘Oh no, father Abraham, but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ Then Abraham said, ‘If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead.’“
What does it take to get out attention? Will we listen to the prophets of old or wait and see what is in store for us? Someone did rise from the dead for us. Do we believe Him? Do we follow what He has said? Do we pay attention? What is it going to take for us to believe? We have the poor in front of us. When will we do something? Do I do enough? Probably not. Do you?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to see what is in front of me. I do not want to be blinded by the world around me so that I cannot see who is in need. Or worse yet, not care. Holy Spirit, fill me with compassion for those who need you, whether it be body, mind or soul. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen
Blessed are they who hope in the Lord