Thursday of the Second Week of Lent
Jer. 17:5-10 | Ps. 1:1-4, 6 | Lk. 16:19-31
Jeremiah tells us that those who put their trust in people cannot be blessed because their heart is not properly directed. Those who put their trust in God will be blessed and fulfilled. The Gospel brings a vivid example of this with the story of the rich man and Lazarus. The rich man appears to be blessed; but, after he dies, he is in torment because he put his trust in people and things rather than God. Lazarus, on the other hand, is blessed because his heart was directed towards God. What this reading teaches us is that blessings may not always be received in the present life. It is important for us to listen to the Word of God as it is proclaimed. Listening means that we act accordingly. If we place all our trust in God and help those who are in need then, we will be rewarded. It is important to remember that the reward may not be immediate.
Listen to God’s call to trust in Him completely. Ask God to help you do so. Do something to help others, especially those who are right before your eyes. Perhaps that means you’re helping at a soup kitchen or a place for the homeless. Share what you have with the needy.