Thursday 1 March 2018
Jeremiah 17:5-10. Psalm 1:1-4, 6. Luke 16:19-31.
Happy are they who hope in the Lord—Psalm 1:1-4, 6.
Father Abraham, take pity on me.
The disturbing thing about the Lazarus story is that the rich man really did not do him any harm. Lazarus was not driven away from the gates, ill treated or abused. He was treated as if he did not exist.
Then this man, someone considered of no account, was placed in a position of power. ‘Send him to my home that he may put things right there’, was the erstwhile rich man’s entreaty to Abraham.
Jesus gave his disciples dire warning not to despise little ones. The stunning revelation for both the good and the bad at the last judgement will be to discover that the king himself lay hidden behind ‘the least of his brethren’, and took as done to himself the treatment given to such nobodies.