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On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: March 16, 2017 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

When you’re young and able it’s hard to think about death and life after. For the youth or youth at heart they feel invincible. Live in the moment! Live life to the full! Sounds cool and encouraging but these are often uttered to selfish ends.

Living life to the full is only truly possible through a Christ centred life. One which begins with Him and ends with Him. It is filled only with the joy we bring to others. Especially those who cannot fend for themselves, the sick, the poor, the widow, the lonely stranger. In other words, the least of our sisters and brothers.

How much partying and frivolous living before one realizes the emptiness of it all? When will one come to accept that we are made for more? To do more not for ourselves but for one another and for Him who loves us without end.

Let us not delay any longer and turn our hearts to Jesus. So that through Him we will bring the good news of eternal life to many before we return to home to Him. 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.’

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.”’