From the Word of the Day
“There was a rich man who dressed in purple garments and fine linen and dined sumptuously each day. And lying at his door was a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who would gladly have eaten his fill of the scraps that fell from the rich man’s table. Dogs even used to come and lick his sores. When the poor man died, he was carried away by angels to the bosom of Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried, and from the netherworld, where he was in torment, he raised his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side…
(Luke 16: 19-31)
There are two scenes that make up the today’s Gospel story. The first scene regards the earthly life of the rich man and the poor Lazarus. The second scene shows the rich man and Lazarus after their death. In life, the rich man had received many goods. Lazarus instead, had received nothing. The whole situation is overturned with their deaths. In fact, Lazarus is consoled, while the rich man is in torments.
The same two roads open before us because we too, immersed in the things of this world, find ourselves at every moment with the possibility of following the rich man or the teaching of Jesus. Lazarus is still lying at our door, but we often prefer solidarity at a distance, that of adoption of faraway babies that we will never meet. We prefer the solidarity that travels on digital waves; a solidarity that never brings us close to those in need. Let us open our eyes. Lazarus is within our family, at our workplace, in our community.
In my pause for silent contemplation, I shall ask Jesus to open my eyes to see those in need around me and to give me the generosity to help them with loving service and sharing.
Jesus, open our eyes to give more than what is superfluous, to give all as You did.
The Voice of Pope Francis
The greater our power and wealth at our disposition, the greater can become our false blindness. It can arrive at the point of no longer being willing to even see the poor Lazarus who begs at the door of our home; who is a figure of Jesus who, in the poor, begs for our conversion.