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At mass this morning the second reading was from Luke 16:19-31:

When the poor man died, he was carried away by angels to the bosom of Abraham.
The rich man also died and was buried …

It really caught my attention that the poor man, Lazarus, was carried away by angels but the rich man simply “was buried.”

I have been pondering that point – one man carried away by angels, another was buried. Angels for one … I suppose human beings buried the other?

And this line of thinking brought me back to the first reading from the same mass. From Jer 17:5-10:

Thus says the LORD:
Cursed is the man who trusts in human beings,
who seeks his strength in flesh,
whose heart turns away from the LORD

He is like a barren bush in the desert
that enjoys no change of season,
But stands in a lava waste,
a salt and empty earth.

The rich man, suffering in the netherworld, certainly was like a barren bush in the desert, standing in a lava waste, a salt and empty earth!

As I listened to the rest of the story of the rich man and Lazarus, I was reminded of a reflection that pointed out how the rich man still didn’t “see” Lazarus. He only addressed Abraham, asking him to instruct Lazarus to quench his thirst, to go warn his brothers. Even in the netherworld, the rich man continued treating Lazarus as someone to be sent to do his bidding.

I appreciate how daily readings from the old and new testaments compliment each other, even if they aren’t obviously nor directly related! Interesting readings today.

 

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This summer I’ve been so blessed each morning, sitting on my porch swing with my Bible and a cup of coffee. This morning I read John’s account of Jesus preparing to raise Lazarus from the dead after four days in the tomb.

And I wept.

I’m not sure why … I was just so moved by Martha coming out to meet Him and expressing her total faith that if He asked our Father, anything would be granted to Him … and her confession that He is Messiah for whom they’ve waited. That had to be an enormous blessing to Jesus who was constantly doubted and challenged and accused by people. Here, He was known and loved.

And then there was Mary. We read that when Martha went out to meet Jesus, Mary sat at home. I can just feel her deep grief; their shared questions those four long days of, “Where is Jesus during this darkest hour of our lives? I was sure He would come quickly and be here with us … now it’s too late …  ”

Haven’t we all felt like that?

But then: “When she had said this, she went and called her sister Mary secretly, saying, “The teacher is here and is asking for you.” As soon as she heard this, she rose quickly and went to him. (John 11:28-29)

Jesus asked for her … He asks for us. Do we continue to hide from Him? Do we allow our roadblocks of resentment, sorrow, or anger keep us isolated away from the LORD? Or do we rise quickly and go to Him?

What a beautiful chapter; what a beautiful morning  and what amazing blessings from the LORD as I had coffee with God.

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