Thursday 21 March 2019

About Today Readings

Jeremiah 17:5-10. Psalm 1:1-4, 6. Luke 16:19-31

Happy are those who hope in the Lord – Psalm 1:1-4, 6. 

‘The poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham.’  

Today’s reading provides us with two very poignant images. Lazarus, the beggar, is presented as someone who after a life of isolation, suffering and poverty enjoys the fruits of human destiny in the company of Abraham. In opposition to this we have an unnamed person who enjoyed a lavish and somewhat self-centred earthly life and now seeks relief from the torment of eternal life.

What do these images say to us about our world today? How often do we become immersed in values that carry us away from God? There is always something better on offer – a bigger home, more clothes, a new car. The point Jesus makes in the parable is clear. A person’s material and physical circumstances are no measure for God’s eternal grace. When we share our good fortunes and opportunities with others, we bring joy and happiness to others and to ourselves.

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