Second Thursday of Lent

March 1, 2018 / By: Katherine Montenegro

Jer 17:5-10/Lk 16:19-31

Lent is a time to renew our faith, to remember where we come from and where we are going. We are the beloved children of God; He is our creator, and from whence we come. When Jesus ascended into heaven he said that He is going to prepare a place for us, the place where we are meant to go. We were made by God and made to go back to God; to ultimately be reunited with him in heaven.

In today’s Gospel, we have the story of the rich man and Lazarus. When reading this story we see how different these two men are. The description of the rich man is reminiscent of what many people in our society describe as their ultimate goal. Their actions are directed towards being wealthy, thinking that this will bring peace and happiness. On the other hand, we see the description of Lazarus: a poor man, very opposite to the rich man. Lazarus is not the kind of man that our society wants to be like. If anything, we work hard not to have a life like Lazarus’. However, let us remember that Lazarus is the one who gets to enjoy heaven and be reunited with the Lord. Lazarus had it clear where he wanted to head to, where his ultimate place to go was.

Many times we get caught up in wanting a job or a career that pays well, wanting to be recognized and have power; like the rich man we get caught up in worldly things and we forget what our true goal is. In today’s Gospel, the Lord is calling us to take a look at our lives and see what we are doing to be able to go to that place that He has prepared for us. Moreover, He is giving us hope and consoling us in the struggles that we may face in our everyday life, reminding us that the earthly life is not the end.

Katherine Montenegro
Graduate Student, Catholic Studies