Thursday 2nd week of Lent
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.’
The rich man gave himself away in asking Abraham to send Lazarus to give him relief. He knew his name, was aware of his presence. He simply chose to ignore Lazarus, to deliberately do nothing to give him relief.
Here is a little test: what is our attitude toward the poor, the homeless? Do our windows and noses turn up rather than a dollar, a 'scrap', go out?
Lent challenges me hard today. Do you know Lazarus?
The Season of Lent is a special time for us to slow down, look inward and make the necessary changes to truly become an Easter people.