On Today’s Gospel

Posted: March 12, 2020 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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Moving closer into the third week of Lent it is appropriate that we do a quick reality check. For the certainty of death awaits all of us and death has no favourites rich or poor, young or old. When it is time it is time. Have we then prepared to begin new lives in our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ? Are we prepared to meet Him today? Or have we chosen to reject the path to the eternal life and chosen instead to live this shortlived life with a passion with all it has to offer straying far from the Lord our God.

The rich man in today’s Gospel has no name. In other words he had no relationship whatsoever with the Lord our God. And so let us take heed as we hear the words of Jesus say, “then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” So then let us reflect more deeply, do we really love the Lord our God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength? Do we then love one another as Jesus loves us? Are there Lazaruses in our lives? Those whom we have chosen to ignore or are indifferent to their plight whatever it may be? Do we behave like the rich man who knew Lazarus by name and did nothing. What about those whose names we choose not to know!

Lord Jesus forgive me the times I was blind or even made myself blind to the needs of others. I know that to truly love You is to love the least of my brethren. Fill my heart with Your love Lord. Amen

First reading

Jeremiah 17:5-10
A curse on the man who puts his trust in man and turns from the Lord

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
Dives and Lazarus

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.”’

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