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February 25, 2016

Thursday of the Second Week of Lent.

The good news for the Day

The parable of Lazarus eating crumbs from the rich man’s table concludes with the rich man in hell appealing to Abraham to send a messenger to warn his brothers about the consequences of wealth:: …‘Oh no, father Abraham, (says the rich man) … if only somebody from the dead goes to them, they will change their ways.’ Then Abraham said, ‘If they won’t pay attention to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone rises from the dead.’” (Luke 16 30-31)

The main point here is that some people just do not listen when it comes to wealth, greed, pride, and poverty. In our world today, you see some folks who will not change their minds at all on these topics. They lack humility; they believe so much in their own convictions that no evidence–even a ghost resurrecting from the dead—can get them back on the right path.

Once you hear the Good News, you become different. Your world is NOT an ideology, culture, fads, or “what everybody says.” You see poverty.

You and I hold principles and prejudices acquired over a lifetime—addictions, pleasures, ambitions—standards and motives we share with our race, our gender, and our country. With such standards we live our daily lives, judging poor people and trying to get rich.

The main point here, however, is that, once you accept and absorb the Good News, you awaken to injustices and truth however uncomfortable. If somebody you don’t like calls you on a prejudice, or a friend advises you of a mistake, or reality about money kicks you in the teeth, you learn, you change. You see, and admit. You do not just deny it, knee-jerking an attack at your accuser. You absorb it as insight into how to repent. You grow, however reluctantly–and find you love better—with more fulfillment, more grace. You do not let smug self-confidence end your education, but instead nurture your openness to continuing repentance. You are at peace.

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