WORD of the DAY
Abraham replied, ‘My child, remember that you received what was good during your lifetime while Lazarus likewise received what was bad; but now he is comforted here, whereas you are tormented. Moreover, between us and you a great chasm is established to prevent anyone from crossing who might wish to go from our side to yours or from your side to ours. (Luke 16: 25-26)
The Parable of the rich man and poor Lazarus is at the center of the Pope’s message for Lent this year. We all wish to reach the happiness of life eternal.
In today’s Gospel we find the “key for sincere conversion”: to gratefully recognize the value of every person. The others are sisters and brothers who call me to a relationship of justice, good and true. The other person is a gift.
The first invitation this parable addresses to us is to open the door of our heart to others, precisely because each person is a gift. We have many gifts in life of well-being, of prosperity, of material or immaterial wealth, but the greatest gift is fraternity. To waste this gift means living egotistically, which is the immense abyss that divides the joy of heaven from the sadness of hell.
Lord, true wealth is Your presence in every sister and brother; help us to live as children of God our Father.
The voice of Pope Francis
Lent is the favorable time to renew our encounter with Christ living in His Word, in the Sacraments, in our neighbor. The Lord who during the forty days spent in the desert overcame the wiles of the tempter, indicates to us the road to follow. The Holy Spirit guides us to accomplish a true journey of conversion in order to re-discover the Word of God, be purified from sin that blinds us, and serve Christ present in the needy. Let us pray for each other so that as participants in the victory of Christ, we will know how to open our doors to the weak and poor. Then we can fully live and witness to the joy of Easter.