“There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day.” (Luke 16:19)
Lord, help us recognize the generosity with which you have provided for us: homes, cars, food, work, etc.
“But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate,” (Luke 16:20)
Holy Spirit, give us eyes to see and ears to hear the cries of those who are in want all around us.
“desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.” (Luke 16:21)
Jesus, help us see the need all around us and recognize the “crumbs” we possess that would help others.
“So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.” (Luke 16:2223-)
Father, there is a day of judgment coming for us all and that we shall be judged in part by what we have done or left undone. (Matthew 25:31-46) Help us recognize the great danger we are in because we are blind to those in need.
“Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.'” (Luke 16:24)
Jesus, have mercy on us, for we are sinners in your sight. The rich man knows Lazarus’ name and still thinks of him as someone who should serve him rather than the other way around.
“But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented.'” (Luke 16:25)
Lord, help us repent of any hardness of heart toward those in need.
“‘And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.'” (Luke 16:26)
Lord Jesus, help us recognize the enormity and the eternity of that division which will take place at the last judgment.
“Then he said, ‘I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house, for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.'” (Luke 16:27-28 )
Holy Father, speak to the hearts of the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church who deny Jesus’ resurrection and the judgment that is to come.
“Abraham said to him, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.'” (Luke 16:29)
Holy Spirit, speak to the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church, for they deny the relevance of your word in Scripture to us.
“And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.'” (Luke 16:30)
Jesus, you came back from the dead and they have not believed you.
“But he said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.'” (Luke 16:31)
Jesus, please help the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church believe the witness of Moses and the prophets and all that you have said to us in Scripture. Thank you.
Monday: 89:19-52; Habakkuk 2:1-4,9-20; James 2:14-26; Luke 16:19-31
Tuesday: 94, ; Habakkuk 3:1-10(11-15)16-18; James 3:1-12; Luke 17:1-10
Notes from the Front Line
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2008
From: Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM
Fr. Nigel will be speaking about the Welcome Home Initiative to a gathering of military chaplains in Washington, D.C. in early December.