Daily homily for Thursday of the 2nd Week of Lent (1)







Daily homily for Thursday of the 2nd Week of Lent

Theme: THE RICH MAN AND LAZARUS …….“If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead.”

By: Fr. Xavier SOBREVÍA i Vidal
(Sant Just Desvern, Barcelona, Spain)

Homily for Thursday March 17 2022

 

Today, the Gospel is a parable discovering the realities of man in afterlife. Jesus tells us about the divine reward or retribution we shall have depending upon our behavior.

The contrast between the rich and the poor is very strong. The luxury of the rich and his indifference to the plight of poor Lazarus lying at his door, his pathetic situation, even when dogs used to come and lick his sores (cf. Lk 16:19-21). It all has a deep realism introducing us into the scene.

We might ponder: Where would I be if I was one of the two main characters of this parable? Our society constantly reminds us, that we have to live well, in comfort and well-being, enjoying ourselves, worry free… That we have to live for oneself, without minding others, or at the very best, the minimum necessary to keep one’s conscience at ease, but certainly not because of a sense of justice, love or solidarity.

Today, we are presented with the need to listen to God in this life, to convert ourselves and take advantage of the time He offers us. God will eventually call us to account. In this life we risk our eternal life.

Jesus is quite explicit about the reality of Hell and He describes some of its characteristics: the sorrow senses suffer —“Send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am suffering torment in these flames.” (Lk 16:24)— and its eternity —“between us and you a great chasm is established” (Lk 16:26).

Saint Gregory the Great tells us that “all these things are told so that nobody may apologize because of their ignorance.” We have got to get rid of the old man and be free to be able to love our fellow man. We have to react to the suffering of the poor, the unwell or the forsaken. It would be good we might frequently remember this parable so that it would made us more responsible of our life. We all will have to face the moment of death. And we should better be always ready because one day we shall be judged.

Fr. Xavier SOBREVÍA i Vidal
(Sant Just Desvern, Barcelona, Spain)

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