Wednesday, February 27, 2013
THURSDAY 2ND WEEK OF LENT YEAR I
THURSDAY 2ND WEEK OF LENT – YEAR I
Jer 17:5-10 / Ps 1: 1-2. 3. 4 and 6 / Lk 16:19-31
This is what Yahweh says, "Cursed is the man who trusts in human beings and depends on a mortal for his life, while his heart is drawn away from Yahweh! He is like a bunch of thistles in dry land, in parched desert places, in a salt land where no one lives and who never finds happiness. Blessed is the man who puts his trust in Yahweh and whose confidence is in him! He is like a tree planted by the water, sending out its roots towards the stream. He has no fear when the heat comes, his leaves are always green; the year of drought is no problem and he can always bear fruit. Most deceitful is the heart. What is there within man, who can understand him? I, Yahweh, search the heart and penetrate the mind. I reward each one according to his ways and the fruit of his deeds.
Once there was a rich man who dressed in purple and fine linen and feasted every day. At his gate lay Lazarus, a poor man covered with sores, who longed to eat just the scraps falling from the rich man's table. Even dogs used to come and lick his sores. It happened that the poor man died, and angels carried him to take his place with Abraham. The rich man also died, and was buried. From hell, where he was in torment, the rich man looked up and saw Abraham afar off, and with him Lazarus at rest. He called out, `Father Abraham, have pity on me, and send Lazarus, with the tip of his finger dipped in water, to cool my tongue, for I suffer so much in this fire.' Abraham replied, `My son, remember that in your lifetime you were well-off, while the lot of Lazarus was misfortune. Now he is in comfort, and you are in agony. But that is not all. Between your place and ours a great chasm has been fixed, so that no one can cross over from here to you, or from your side to us.' The rich man implored once more, `Then I beg you, Father Abraham, to send Lazarus to my father's house, where my five brothers live. Let him warn them, so that they may not end up in this place of torment.' Abraham replied, `They have Moses and the prophets. Let them listen to them.' But the rich man said, `No, Father Abraham; but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.' Abraham said, `If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, they will not be convinced, even if someone rises from the dead.'"
Let us remember that we are only stewards in this world. Everything comes from God our creator.
The parable of the rich man and Lazarus illustrates Luke's concern with Jesus' attitude towards the rich and the poor. God gave us all the blessings to share with our less fortunate brothers and sisters, and not use them for ourselves alone. We have to be selfless and generous. Just like the rich man, we will not go to heaven if we are self-centered. Caring for the sick, helping the poor and sharing our blessings is our key to heaven.
The reversal of fates of the rich man and Lazarus (Lk. 22 – 23 ) illustrates the teachings of Jesus in Luke's " Sermon on the Plain."
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Eliseo Fabella, Sr.
- Ditas dela Paz
- Toots Monfort
- Andy Lecaros
- Chief Samrose Anyaugo
- Toots Monfort
- Ditas dela Paz
- Alejandro Lecaros
… for the personal intentions of
- Beny Chua
- Dr Ugo Anyaugo, Oge Anyaugo, Barr (Mrs) adaugo Barbara Okoronkwo, Engr. Ifeanyi Matt Anyaugo, Chuba Anyaugo and Ezinne Cordelia Anyaugo
… for the eternal repose of the soul of
- Rodrigo Alonzo
Eternal rest grant unto them and may perpetual light shine upon them. May they and all the dearly departed rest in peace.
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Julian S. Lola Jr.
- Wedding Anniversary: Asuncion & Nelson Yap
… for families who are in need of healing
… for world peace and reconciliation.
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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