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Thursday Second Week Lent

Psalm 94:18-19: When I said, "My foot is slipping," your love, O Lord, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.
Heavenly Father, You are everywhere yet always near, please hear our heart. We are overwhelmed at your presence near us and within us. The comfort you bring when we are under siege, the strength you offer when we are weak, the courage you give when we are under attack, and the hope you instill when all seems hopeless - these gifts of your existence are precious to us. Without your presence we would not know where to go or why we are here. Thank you for knowing us. We look forward to knowing you one day as you know us today. In Infant Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
  Today's Readings ... (March 08, 2012)
Thursday of the Second Week in Lent
First Reading: Jeremiah 17:5-10
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6
Gospel: Luke 16:19-31
Lectionary: 233
Colour: Violet
  Short reflection on Today's Gospel: (Luke 16:19-31)
Jesus' parable about the afflictions of the poor man Lazarus brings home a comparable point. In today’s story Jesus create a dramatic scene of contrasts – rich and poor, heaven and hell, compassion and indifference, inclusion and exclusion. We also see an sudden and dramatic reversal of fortune. Lazarus was not only poor, but sick and not capable to lift himself. He was “laid” at the gates of the wealthy man’s house. The dogs which licked his stinging probably also stole the small bread he got for himself. The rich man treated the beggar with dislike and indifference, until he found his fortunes upturned at the end of his life! In God's wealth, those who hold on possessively to what they have, lose it all in the last, while those who share liberally receive back many times more than they gave way.


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