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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: March 19, 2014 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Can you imagine telling your boss that you were too busy to speak to him about your work? Or that you could not complete a task or mission because you just didn’t have the time? Or you could not help your colleague in need? Not keen to attend company events or meetings? Cannot imagine that can you? How then is it okay to tell Your creator that? Who can be more important than God our loving Father Who gives us hope?

Lord Jesus forgive me for I have been selfish with my time, gifts and talents given freely and abundantly by my Lord and God. I have not given enough thought, consideration or acts of goodwill for my brothers and sisters ; Children of God my father. Let me not wait another day but act now to do my Lord’s bidding for them. Amen

FIRST READING
Jeremiah 17:5–10

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.’“