Thursday 4 March 2021
Jeremiah 17:5-10. Happy are they who hope in the Lord – Psalm 1:1-4, 6. Luke 16:19-31.
Dives and Lazarus
The rich man in today’s Gospel did nothing . . . he wasn’t openly cruel to Lazarus but he did nothing to address the needs of someone at his gate, the needs of his neighbour. His inaction was ultimately his undoing however and provides an opportunity for us to take stock of ourselves. Who are the Lazarus’ we see, or indeed don’t see in our communities? The forgotten, invisible, hungry, deprived, dispossessed . . . Folks sleeping rough on the streets, the asylum seeker in detention, the jobseeker living off next to nothing. It’s an uncomfortable question, but one that especially during this time of Lent we need to ask ourselves. What action can we take when we encounter a neighbour in need? Jesus is asking us to open our eyes to what is around us, and to open our ears to the simple command of the Gospel: love your neighbour.
‘For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat . . . I was a stranger and you invited me in . . . whatever you did for the least one of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ – Matthew 25:31-46Email this Print This Page