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Let us pray…

Posted: February 28, 2013 by CatholicJules in Prayers

Let us pray….

Thank You Father, for blessing my life! I am so grateful for Your constant love and support. Although I may not always remember to thank You, I am so grateful that You have filled my life with so much love. In times when things don’t go as planned, help me to remember Your plan – and to trust in Your goodness. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: February 28, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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“But not all poverty is holy, or all riches criminal, but as luxury disgraces riches, so does holiness commend poverty. “ St Ambrose

Jesus invites us time and time again to live out just and holy lives, are we listening? When a parent chides a child for playing with fire is is not out of love? Today we see a harsh reality if we continue Not to listen…

Do we make blind to our brothers and sisters in need? Do we bask in luxury while the poor at our doorstep suffer? Do we let animals tend to the wounds of the sick and impoverished? Do we do what we can to preserve human dignity? Or do we mock the needy? Laugh at the destitute? Do we talk the talk but refuse to walk the walk? Are we merciful and compassionate as we ought to be?

When heaviness of sickness befalls us or hunger for that matter, do we joyfully accept them like Lazarus? Resting in the knowledge and our hope In Christ who will not abandon us.

The gospel of Christ is both to reconcile us to poverty and affliction and to arm us against temptations to worldliness and sensuality. It is the living Word of God that speaks to us today and everyday, let us open our hearts to listen. Let us not therefore desire visions and apparitions, nor seek to the dead, but to the law and to the testimony (Isa. 8:19, 20), for that is the sure word of prophecy, upon which we may depend.

May the love and peace of our Lord be with you all. Amen

GOSPEL Luke 16:19–31

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.’“