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Thursday of the 2nd Week of Lent Jeudi de la 2e semaine de Carême

“Jesus said: ’If they will not listen either to Moses or to the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone should rise from the dead.”

Jr. 17 5-10 Ps.1 Lk. 16, 19-31

Thursday of 2nd Week of Lent "Jesus said ’If they will not listen either to Moses or to the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone should rise from the dead.’ 25th February 2016 Jr.17,5-10 Ps.11 Lk.16,19-31 “There was a rich man who used to dress in purple and fine linen and feast magnificently every day. And at his gate there used to lie a poor man called Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to fill himself with what fell from the rich man’s table. Even dogs came and licked his sores.” Jesus is referring to a well-known popular story about irreligious attitudes and selfishness when faced with the piety and confidence of the poor. If we look at the meaning of the name of Lazarus, it is a whole programme, it means : ’God has come to help.’ This parable of the nameless rich man and of Lazarus, makes us become aware of the characters that are playing within ourselves. There are indeed two paths within ourselves, one of light and the other of darkness.They are interwoven within us and we need to get out of this confusion and of being closed up in ourselves. The Word of Jesus asks us to make our lives even more beautiful - whether we have lived in purple linen or have been begging at peoples’ door, there always comes a time when things take on their true value.  in Jesus’ way of thinking, these moments must enlighten our whole life of believers. It is when another speaks that our lives change. This Word of Scripture :  ’ The heart of mankind really is complicated and sick’  illustrates very well how we become really closed in if we make ourselves the centre of attention, having the world turn around us. This nameless rich man is not ’established’ in his inner, spiritual life. Through His poor ones, God opens up for us a path which can lead us to a way of light and happiness. “Now it happened that the poor man died and was carried away by the angels into Abraham’s embrace.The rich man also died and was buried. In his torment in Hades he looked up and saw Abraham a long way off with Lazarus in his embrace. So he cried out, ’Father Abraham, pity me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue for I am in agony in these flames.“But Abraham said, ’My son, remember that during your life you had your fill of good things, just as Lazarus his fill of bad. Now he is being comforted here while you are in agony. But that is not all : between us and you a great gulf has been fixed, to prevent those who want to cross from our side to yours or from your side to ours.”   Death is the absolute limit, whether we have lived in linen or in purple vestments, or covered in ulcers, begging at peoles’ doors, things take on their true value in death.  This moment has to enlighten our whole existence. If death brings together all the fidelities of an existence, it also fixes mankind in his choices. So it is before he has to choose and open his eyes that he must be converted. The rich man hadn’t seen his need for God and for his forgiveness; he didn’t see Lazarus. Lazarus dies, in a general forgetfulness. In his own time the rich man dies and the whole town is there to carry him to his burial ground. But in the life beyond, everything changes. Gos is infinitely Good, on Abraham’s lips he gets us out of a closing in on ourselves, to get out of this ’selfish me, dominating and pleasure-seeking’. This onlyy closes us in a world without any way out. “So the rich man said to Abraham : ’Father, I beg you then to send Lazarus to my father’s house, since I have five brothers, to give them warning so that they do not come to this place of torment too. Abraham said, ’They have Moses and the prophets, let them listen to them.’ The rich man replied,”Ah no, father Abraham, but if someone comes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ Then Abraham said to him, ’If thy will not listen either to Moses or to the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone should rise from the dead.” Referring to the six brothers is a reminder or how conversion is something demanding. If it is too late for the dead brother, there is still time for the five surviving ones. What converts is the decision to welcome the Word of the One Sent from god.  We believe that Jesus opens up for us a path of conversion, and that his Gospel brings meaning to our lives. The poor are sent from god, they become for us a path that sets us free from a closing in on ourselves. In prayer, we place our hope in Him together in order to open us up together to life that the brings us. Jesus invites us to his table for a foretaste of the banquet in life beyond. We ask for the grace to be attentive to the ’Lazarus’ who are in a state of affliction at our own door, in people around us. What makes our life change and return to God is the decision to welcome the Word of the One who has been Sent. We believe that Jesus opens up for us the way of conversion, and that his Gospel can still bring meaning to our lives, if we are there, remaining united in prayer.  He comes to remind us strongly about his message of solidarity, an inner path of the encounter with another, who allows us to recognise our misery and to welcome it.  Jesus, the Saviour, comes and delivers us and has us enter into a new communion with God and with others. The poor are the ones sent from God who become for us a path that frees us from closing up on ourselves. We ask for the grace to be attentive to the ’Lazarus’ who are there on our doorsteps and all around us. We ask God for the grace to heal us so we can welcome all our sisters and brothers.

Thursday of 2nd Week of Lent "Jesus said ’If they will not listen either to Moses or to the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone should rise from the dead.’ 25th February 2016 Jr.17,5-10 Ps.11 Lk.16,19-31 “There was a rich man who used to dress in purple and fine linen and feast magnificently every day. And at his gate there used to lie a poor man called Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to fill himself with what fell from the rich man’s table. Even dogs came and licked his sores.” Jesus is referring to a well-known popular story about irreligious attitudes and selfishness when faced with the piety and confidence of the poor. If we look at the meaning of the name of Lazarus, it is a whole programme, it means : ’God has come to help.’ This parable of the nameless rich man and of Lazarus, makes us become aware of the characters that are playing within ourselves. There are indeed two paths within ourselves, one of light and the other of darkness.They are interwoven within us and we need to get out of this confusion and of being closed up in ourselves. The Word of Jesus asks us to make our lives even more beautiful - whether we have lived in purple linen or have been begging at peoples’ door, there always comes a time when things take on their true value.  in Jesus’ way of thinking, these moments must enlighten our whole life of believers. It is when another speaks that our lives change. This Word of Scripture :  ’ The heart of mankind really is complicated and sick’  illustrates very well how we become really closed in if we make ourselves the centre of attention, having the world turn around us. This nameless rich man is not ’established’ in his inner, spiritual life. Through His poor ones, God opens up for us a path which can lead us to a way of light and happiness. “Now it happened that the poor man died and was carried away by the angels into Abraham’s embrace.The rich man also died and was buried. In his torment in Hades he looked up and saw Abraham a long way off with Lazarus in his embrace. So he cried out, ’Father Abraham, pity me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue for I am in agony in these flames.“But Abraham said, ’My son, remember that during your life you had your fill of good things, just as Lazarus his fill of bad. Now he is being comforted here while you are in agony. But that is not all : between us and you a great gulf has been fixed, to prevent those who want to cross from our side to yours or from your side to ours.”   Death is the absolute limit, whether we have lived in linen or in purple vestments, or covered in ulcers, begging at peoles’ doors, things take on their true value in death.  This moment has to enlighten our whole existence. If death brings together all the fidelities of an existence, it also fixes mankind in his choices. So it is before he has to choose and open his eyes that he must be converted. The rich man hadn’t seen his need for God and for his forgiveness; he didn’t see Lazarus. Lazarus dies, in a general forgetfulness. In his own time the rich man dies and the whole town is there to carry him to his burial ground. But in the life beyond, everything changes. Gos is infinitely Good, on Abraham’s lips he gets us out of a closing in on ourselves, to get out of this ’selfish me, dominating and pleasure-seeking’. This onlyy closes us in a world without any way out. “So the rich man said to Abraham : ’Father, I beg you then to send Lazarus to my father’s house, since I have five brothers, to give them warning so that they do not come to this place of torment too. Abraham said, ’They have Moses and the prophets, let them listen to them.’ The rich man replied,”Ah no, father Abraham, but if someone comes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ Then Abraham said to him, ’If thy will not listen either to Moses or to the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone should rise from the dead.” Referring to the six brothers is a reminder or how conversion is something demanding. If it is too late for the dead brother, there is still time for the five surviving ones. What converts is the decision to welcome the Word of the One Sent from god.  We believe that Jesus opens up for us a path of conversion, and that his Gospel brings meaning to our lives. The poor are sent from god, they become for us a path that sets us free from a closing in on ourselves. In prayer, we place our hope in Him together in order to open us up together to life that the brings us. Jesus invites us to his table for a foretaste of the banquet in life beyond. We ask for the grace to be attentive to the ’Lazarus’ who are in a state of affliction at our own door, in people around us. What makes our life change and return to God is the decision to welcome the Word of the One who has been Sent. We believe that Jesus opens up for us the way of conversion, and that his Gospel can still bring meaning to our lives, if we are there, remaining united in prayer.  He comes to remind us strongly about his message of solidarity, an inner path of the encounter with another, who allows us to recognise our misery and to welcome it.  Jesus, the Saviour, comes and delivers us and has us enter into a new communion with God and with others. The poor are the ones sent from God who become for us a path that frees us from closing up on ourselves. We ask for the grace to be attentive to the ’Lazarus’ who are there on our doorsteps and all around us. We ask God for the grace to heal us so we can welcome all our sisters and brothers.

Thursday of 2nd Week of Lent

"Jesus said ’If they will not listen either to Moses or to the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone should rise from the dead.’

25th February 2016

Jr.17,5-10 Ps.11 Lk.16,19-31

“There was a rich man who used to dress in purple and fine linen and feast magnificently every day. And at his gate there used to lie a poor man called Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to fill himself with what fell from the rich man’s table. Even dogs came and licked his sores.”

Jesus is referring to a well-known popular story about irreligious attitudes and selfishness when faced with the piety and confidence of the poor.

If we look at the meaning of the name of Lazarus, it is a whole programme, it means : ’God has come to help.’

This parable of the nameless rich man and of Lazarus, makes us become aware of the characters that are playing within ourselves. There are indeed two paths within ourselves, one of light and the other of darkness.They are interwoven within us and we need to get out of this confusion and of being closed up in ourselves.

The Word of Jesus asks us to make our lives even more beautiful - whether we have lived in purple linen or have been begging at peoples’ door, there always comes a time when things take on their true value.

in Jesus’ way of thinking, these moments must enlighten our whole life of believers. It is when another speaks that our lives change. This Word ofScripture :

’ The heart of mankind really is complicated and sick’

illustrates very well how we become really closed in if we make ourselves the centre of attention, having the world turn around us. This nameless rich man is not ’established’ in his inner, spiritual life. Through His poor ones, God opens up for us a path which can lead us to a way of light and happiness.

“Now it happened that the poor man died and was carried away by the angels into Abraham’s embrace.The rich man also died and was buried. In his torment in Hades he looked up and saw Abraham a long way off with Lazarus

in his embrace. So he cried out, ’Father Abraham, pity me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue for I am in agony in these flames.“But Abraham said, ’My son, remember that during your life you had your fill of good things, just as Lazarus his fill of bad. Now he is being comforted here while you are in agony. But that is not all : between us and you a great gulf has been fixed, to prevent those who want to cross from our side to yours or from your side to ours.”

Death is the absolute limit, but right up to the last minute we can be in a state of disillusion : Lazarus dies forgotten by everyone ; the rich one dies when it is his turn, and the whole town comes to bury him in the ground. But beyond this everything changes, it is God’s domain, and not anything nor anyone prevents God to be there; He is the infinitely good and infinitely lucid judge.

Jesus places strange words on the lips of Abraham : ’Between you and us there is a huge abyss.’ It is the image of that which is irreversible. Unhappy is the one who lives closed in on his ’selfish, domineering self, liking enjoyment’.

We are here before an abyss to be crossed over, and today this can be done ! The Father is looking for people who will adore in spirit and in truth; without this attitude in life, nothing can come about. Happy is the man who dwells in the Heart of God in every situation coming along!

“So the rich man said to Abraham : ’Father, I beg you then to send Lazarus to my father’s house, since I have five brothers, to give them warning so that they do not come to this place of torment too. Abraham said, ’They have Moses and the prophets, let them listen to them.’ The rich man replied,”Ah no, father Abraham, but if someone comes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ Then Abraham said to him, ’If thy will not listen either to Moses or to the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone should rise from the dead.”

What makes our life change and return to God is the decision to welcome the Word of the One who has been Sent.

We believe that Jesus opens up for us the way of conversion, and that his Gospel can still bring meaning to our lives, if we are there, remaining united in prayer.

He comes to remind us strongly about his message of solidarity, an inner path of the encounter with another, who allows us to recognise our misery and to welcome it.

Jesus, the Saviour, comes and delivers us and has us enter into a new communion with God and with others. The poor are the ones sent from God who become for us a path that frees us from closing up on ourselves. We ask for the grace to be attentive to the ’Lazarus’ who are there on our doorsteps and all around us.

We ask God for the grace to heal us so as to welcome all our sisters and brothers.

Second week of Lent : Thursday of 2nd week of Lent

“There was a rich man who used to dress in purple and fine linen and feast magnificently every day. and at his gate there used to lie a poor man called Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to fill himself with what fell from rich man…Even dogs came and licked his sores.” What place do we give to Jesus who asks us to change our lives? It often happens that another person does not listen to someone else, it is good to listen, remaining open to move, allowing the other’s word to bring forth this Word: “Speak, Lord, your servant is listening!”… Jesus speaks to us he summons us and he asks us to take up a position when faced with life’s events. The parable of the nameless rich man and of Lazarus make us realize the characters that can appear within us just as they are described in the Gospel! There are indeed two paths, one of light and the other of darkness. These two paths are intermingled within us and it is good for us to get out of this closing up on ourselves and get out of this confusion. God alone can heal us, and open up for us a path of Light :“The heart of mankind is complicated and sick” says the Word! “Unhappy is he who places his trust in a mortal and leans on a being of flesh.”. In fact, if we make ourselves the center of everything, and if we make the world turn around us are truly hemmed in. Is this what this nameless rich man is living, he who is not “established” in his inner spiritual life? God, by the poor on our doorsteps, opens up for us a path that can lead to one of light and happiness, but we may not see this.

“Now it happened that the poor man died and was carried away by the angels into Abraham’s embrace. The rich man also died and was buried. In his torment in Hades, he looked up and saw Abraham a long way off with Lazarus in his embrace. So he cried out, “Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in agony in these flames. Abraham said, ’My son, remember that during your life you had your fill of good things, just as Lazarus his fill of bad. Now he is being comforted here while you are in agony, but that is not all : between us and you a great gulf has been fixed, to prevent those who want to cross from our side to yours or from your side to ours.”This Word is for each on of us! To really listen, requires a consequent act. Without this attitude of life in us nothing will come about. We are faced with this abyss to cross over, like in the synagogue in Nazareth :”This very day, the Word is accomplished. “It cannot come about unless we hear it and put it into practice. As for Jesus, He did move, He died for us and was brought back to life, He is in the Light. Blessed is he who does indeed dwell in the Heart of God, whatever the situation may be! Unhappy is the one who lives closed up in his selfish, dominant, self- seeking ego…The temptation to not remain in God is a permanent one for us. Now, the Father seeks adorers in Spirit and in Truth.”The rich

man replied, “I beg you then to send Lazarus to my father’s house, since I have five brothers, to give them warning so that they do not come to this place of torment too.’ Abraham said, ’They have Moses and the prophets, let them listen to them. ’The rich man replied, ’Ah no father Abraham, but if someone comes to them from the dead, they will repent. Then Abraham said to him, ’If they will not listen either to Moses or to the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone should rise from the dead.”

If we take the inner path, we leave behind us our prison we have been lying in , and all that seems to be imposed upon us from the outside as being necessary to do, and we enter into the adventure of faith. We may be poor without anything, but we remain free. The encounter with another person allows us to recognize our misery and to welcome it. This page does not tell us what decision to take, one which we alone can take! We know however that those who do not take it become furious and even homicidal. The past, present and future are thus revealed in this Word. Each one of us is touched by a call. Jesus, Our Saviour, comes and delivers us and has us enter into a new communion with God and with others. The poor are sent by God and become for us a path that frees us from

being closed in upon ourselves. We ask for the grace to be attentive to the poor afflicted “Lazarus” at our door, and around us.

We ask for the grace of healing so that we can welcome all our brothers.