Lent Reflections with DOCAT Day 13

Stefanie BrossFastenimpulse, Lent with DOCAT

Today’s Gospel is a call to be merciful. We Christians are called to encounter EVERY man as if we were facing Jesus Himself. In this way we can pass on the love of Christ to everyone. You may have noticed that you feel better after doing something good to a person. This is because God’s gifts increase when they are shared. God is a boundlessly loving God. Mutual support is important for us human beings in a community. For we depend on each other and together we form the Church, the Body of Christ. Let us therefore practice in loving even the weakest members of our society. So that Christ becomes a little more present in our world every day. 

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint 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.'”

No human being can live for himself alone; he is always dependent on bothers… DOCAT, Number 100