Observation Thursday – Good News for March 12

12 03 2009

Take a moment and allow yourself to see…

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.'”

The Daily Path: I have received more than a fair share of what is good in this life. Countless blessings have come my way. Sadly, far too many have gone unappreciated.
Luke’s gospel provides pause to consider how many ways I could have provided for the family of Lazarus that even today long for the scraps of my table. As I think about the chasm I’ve dug for so many years, the gap that may ultimately separate me from Christ’s bounty, I wonder why I still don’t do more while I can. We tend to get stuck in the rut of believing this life will go one forever. It’s the culture of “I’ll do it tomorrow.” We think there’s always an endless reservoir of opportunities to start living acts of love and charity while on this earth. BUZZZZZZ! WRONG ANSWER!

I may be killed or fall over dead this very day. It might happen before I finish this blog entry. And if that happens, will I find myself looking across the chasm at those who I could have helped, even in the smallest way, yet chose not to? What am I, and so many like me, waiting for? 
Room to Chat: Today, as you go about your business, observe. Be on watch. Look for the family of Lazarus about you. Take a moment and allow yourself to see them. I think we’ll all be surprised on what we witness this day.

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