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Thursday of the Second Week of Lent

2 Timothy 1:7: God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline.
Prayer ...
Heavenly Father, you are without judge against in your majesty and might. We have no right to come into your presence and yet you have invited us here with your love and your grace. You are our Rock, our Fortress, and our Strength. We depend upon your guidance and your mercy to maintain us through our storms and reclaim us from our stumbles. Holy God, you are without compare and we worship you. In Infant Jesus' name. Amen.
Today's Readings ... (February 28, 2013)
Day: Thursday of the Second Week of Lent
First Reading: Jer 17:5-10
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6
Second Reading: Nil
Gospel: Luke 16:19-31
Lectionary: 233
Colour: Voilet
Listen to Reading:
Scripture: Luke 16:19-31
19Jesus said to the Pharisees: “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. And he cried out, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me. Send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am suffering torment in these flames. 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. He said, ‘Then I beg you, father, send him to my father’s house, for I have five brothers, so that he may warn them, lest they too come to this place of torment. But Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the prophets. Let them listen to them. He said, ‘Oh no, father Abraham, but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent. Then Abraham said, If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead.
Meditation on Today's Scripture:
The name Lazarus denotation is God is my help. Despite a life of bad luck and suffering, Lazarus did not lose hope in God. His eyes were set on a wealth stored up for him in heaven. The rich man, however, could not see ahead of his material wealth and possessions. He not only had everything he needed, he inconsiderately spent all he had on himself. He was too absorbed in what he possessed to notice the requires of those around him. He lost sight of God and the treasure of heaven since he was preoccupied with seeking happiness in material things. He served wealth rather than God. In the end the rich man became a beggar! Do we know the joy and freedom of possessing God as your true and permanent treasure? Those who put their hope and safety in heaven will not be disappointed? Loving Infant Jesus, you are our joy and our treasure. Make us rich in the things of heaven and give us a generous heart that we may freely share with others the spiritual and material treasures you have given to us.


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