Gospel Reading and Thoughts for September 29, 2013

Gospel – Luke 16:19-31

Jesus 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 scrapslazarus and the rich man
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.'”

Sometimes we wish so hard to have a sign from God that we forget everything that he has already told us through the Bible.  We also fail to see the “signs” by people that the Lord puts in front of us.  We take those we love for granted.  We forget to be thankful for the good things we have and instead wish for something different.  Like the rich man, we don’t see where the need is for us to serve.  We fail to recognize the Holy Spirit speaking to us through others. 

I can see this most prevalently in my own family.  I see my children but I don’t “see” them as incredible blessings when they are screaming for a snack or fussing about something they do or don’t want to do.  But I must see them for what they are – Children of God!   

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