Thursday 2nd Week of Lent
In the gospel about the rich man and Lazarus Jesus makes it clear that our care for the poor has serious blessings or consequences. Let us offer to Jesus now our poverty, especially the ways we don’t see the poor.
A beggar who hasn’t eaten for days cannot compare to the mercy that Jesus has for us in our poverty of heart.
Jesus is a great storyteller.
Something that jumps out at me
and perhaps you as well
is how surprised the rich man was after he died.
He was surprised at how much he was suffering.
And I would suggest that it wasn’t just suffering
for what he failed to do,
not helping out poor Lazarus during his lifetime,
but the fact that it was the first time
he tasted suffering in his life.
It was the first time he had to do without.
Could it be the reason he never noticed Lazarus
is because he never knew what it was to suffer?
I would suggest as well that the flames he was experiencing
was the longing that Jesus had for him in his lifetime
and even now after he died.
That longing was through Lazarus
who begged for the scraps that fell
from the rich man’s table.
The rich man is the poor one in this parable.
This is the poverty of loving others
that Jesus seeks out in each one of us.
His merciful love is attracted to all the ways
we love ourselves and pamper ourselves
that keep us from seeing the suffering of others.
A beggar who hasn’t eaten for days
cannot compare to the mercy
that Jesus has for us in our poverty of heart.
He thirsts to save us
and keeps sending Lazarus to us every day.
Who is Lazarus that I still have not seen?
Seek out Lazarus as Jesus seeks us out in our poverty.