Wednesday, March 15, 2017
THURSDAY, 2nd Week of Lent
March 16, 2017 – THURSDAY, 2nd Week of Lent
Jer 17: 5 - 10 I Lk 16: 19 - 31
FROM THE 1ST READING: Jer 17: 5-8
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."
GOSPEL READING: Lk 16: 19- 31
Jesus said to his disciples, "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 to 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, he 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 grave."'
In the first reading Jeremiah differentiates between the cursed man who depends on human beings and the man blessed whose confidence is in Yahweh.
In the Gospel reading the rich man who spent his life feasting ends up in the fires of hell while the poor man Lazarus whose life was spent in pain is rewarded in heaven. Am I one who trusts in my own talents or in the loving God? How aware and concerned am I of those in need whom I could help?
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
RHEA R. REY
IN MEMORIAM (†)
AIMEE SANTOS – OCAMPO (BIRTH ANNIVERSARY)
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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