Seeing Lazarus – Good News for March 4

4 03 2010

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: Last night I had the opportunity to chat with a gentleman who has achieved great “human” success in his life. He spoke openly about his life, not with ego, but with humility, to share how God has been a compass for him at various steps along his journey. When he feels his life getting off center, it’s been faith that re-opens his eyes, ears, and heart to God, thus enabling a course correction.

It’s truly amazing to experience God in this life. I don’t know what side of the chasm I will ultimately end up on, but I do know that I have been given the chance in this life to see the way to join Lazarus in the “bosom of Abraham.”

Room to Chat: Father, in this season of Lent, open the hearts of all who struggle in this life. Allow us to see Lazarus now. We know forgiveness is there for all who open themselves up to you.