Is Jesus enough to MOVE you?
Readings of the Day
Where is it that we place our value? In whom do we find our strength? In the reading from Jeremiah we hear, “Cursed is the man who trusts in human beings, who seeks strength in the flesh, whose hearts turns away from the Lord.” We are to trust in the Lord and those who do will be rewarded “according to their ways, according to the merit of [their] deeds.” This is not done out of coercion but done because the Lord respects the choices we make.
We see this more clearly in the Gospel where the rich man has so much value in himself and in his possession that he doesn’t even pay enough attention to the person in need of help… and he is familiar with Lazarus because in addition to Lazarus sitting there at his gate, he even knows his name!
Toward the end of the Gospel, Abraham tells the rich man that if his family is not persuaded to place God first and to care for the poor by Moses and prophets, then neither will they be persuaded by someone who is has risen from the dead. That brings us to the question of whether we too are persuaded enough by Jesus to put our neighbors and our God first. This time of Lent is a good time to reflect on that. Beyond giving up your food/drink vices, ask yourself, “How can I prove my love of God and my love of neighbor?” Whatever you decide, do it.