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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: February 25, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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I am where I am today because of my own hard work and did what is necessary. I know I’m not going to live forever so I’ll enjoy and live life to the fullest with the fruits of my labour. Let someone else worry about the bum on the street, he chose to be lazy and waste his life away. How many in our society think this way? How rich are their lives really when they live only for themselves? How different are we from the rich man? Where is God in our own lives?

God knows everything that goes on in our hearts and in our minds. There is nothing we can hide from Him. And yet He in His great love He does not impose His Will on us.  He wants for us true life with and in Him not just here on earth but in Heaven. We must make that choice on our own.

To live in the presence of our Lord is to be faithful to His Word. To desire always to deepen our relationship with Him by taking time to be in prayer and silence.  For our eyes to be opened to see that we are all His children one body in Christ; and so we live not for ourselves but for one another.

Open my heart to be generous as You O Lord, who are generous with Your mercy and love. Amen

First reading
Jeremiah 17:5-10

The Lord says this:
‘A curse on the man who puts his trust in man, who relies on things of flesh, whose heart turns from the Lord.

He is like dry scrub in the wastelands: if good comes, he has no eyes for it, he settles in the parched places of the wilderness, a salt land, uninhabited.

‘A blessing on the man who puts his trust in the Lord, with the Lord for his hope.

He is like a tree by the waterside that thrusts its roots to the stream: when the heat comes it feels no alarm,  its foliage stays green; it has no worries in a year of drought, and never ceases to bear fruit.

‘The heart is more devious than any other thing, perverse too: who can pierce its secrets?

I, the Lord, search to the heart,
I probe the loins, to give each man what his conduct and his actions deserve.’

Gospel
Luke 16:19-31

Jesus said to the Pharisees, ‘There was a rich man who used to dress in purple and fine linen and feast magnificently every day. And at his gate there lay a poor man called Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to fill himself with the scraps that fell from the rich man’s table. Dogs even came and licked his sores. Now the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to the bosom of Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried.

  ‘In his torment in Hades he looked up and saw Abraham a long way off with Lazarus in his bosom. So he cried out, “Father Abraham, pity 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.” “My son,” Abraham replied “remember that during your life good things came your way, just as bad things came the way of Lazarus. Now he is being comforted here while you are in agony. But that is not all: between us and you a great gulf has been fixed, to stop anyone, if he wanted to, crossing from our side to yours, and to stop any crossing from your side to ours.”

  ‘The rich man replied, “Father, I beg you then to send Lazarus to my father’s house, since I have five brothers, to give them warning so that they do not come to this place of torment too.” “They have Moses and the prophets,” said Abraham “let them listen to them..” “Ah no, father Abraham,” said the rich man “but if someone comes to them from the dead, they will repent.” Then Abraham said to him, “If they will not listen either to Moses or to the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone should rise from the dead.”’