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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

1Reflection for February 25, Thursday of the Second Week of Lent; Luke 16:19-31

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 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.’”
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Let us imagine that we are the rich man in the gospel and we also saw Lazarus at our door. How will you react? Will we do the same as the rich man did in the gospel? Or we will give food to the poor man Lazarus?

We will surely answer that we will give food because this is the right course of action to do. And our decision to give food would also be influenced by the misfortune of the rich man after he died for he ended in hell. But is this who we really are? Do we really help the poor most especially when nobody is watching us?

Often times we do good because we are influenced by the circumstances that surrounds us. For example in the gospel we read the rich man ended up in hell. Of course this is the circumstance that will influence us to do good for we of course don’t want to end-up in hell after we die.

But are we really naturally helpful, do we truly have a heart for the poor? The gospel is an invitation for all of us to reflect on how we treat the poor. For example we may have a poor relative and a poor neighbor. How do we look at them? Do we look at them with derision? How do we treat them? Do we treat them like a third class citizen? Or we treat them with respect and love. – Marino J. Dasmarinas      

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