Lenten reflections 2018 - 02 - Thursday - Second week of Lent


 Thursday - Second week of Lent


(Jeremiah 17: 5-10, Luke 16: 19-31)

 `A blessing on those who put their trust in God.

Such persons will be like a tree planted by the waterside that thrusts

its roots into the stream: when the heat comes it feels no alarm, its

foliage stays green; it has not worries in a year of drought, and never

ceases to bear fruit'.


Today's readings are heart-wrenching. The story of Lazarus at the palace gate is both a favourite and at the same time a challenging one. The parable is stark. The rich man dies and is buried and finds himself in the abode of torment. He sees Lazarus resting, like a child, in the bosom of Abraham. And his torment? He sees what he is without and yearns for it. Now the rich man has become the beggar at the gate of Paradise. This parable demands that we do some serious reflection. We need to begin by looking at the gates, the entrances and exits to our own life and see if we suffer from the same inhospitality and insensitivity. Who is waiting for us and what are they waiting for?


Jeremiah uses two images - the first is a barren bush in the desert. It stands in a lava waste, in a salted and empty earth - dead already. The second is a tree planted beside water. The bush is disconnected; the tree is bound to a source of nourishment and life. Which mirrors our state of soul and quality of faith and behaviour? Do we give shade, a place of rest, abundant fruit, life and hope, or are we tied up and shrunken inside ourselves with no stretching out toward the other? Maybe a friend can help me answer this question. It is a day of deciding where our hearts are rooted, whom we court and where our loyalties lie.



Breath Prayer: Who is standing at the door of your life?

 I breathe in:      'A sense of openness of heart'

 I breathe out:    'Whatever I know this person is asking for’



We use cookies to improve our website and your experience when using it. Cookies used for the essential operation of this site have already been set. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our privacy policy.

  I accept cookies from this site.
EU Cookie Directive Module Information