Categories: HomiliesPublished On: March 4th, 2021Tags: , 333 words10.1 min read

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As harsh as it may sound, Lazarus’ lot in life was to accept what God had given him and trust in God. For the rich man, his lot in life was to see those in need and help them. Lazarus accepted his lot and is rewarded in eternal life. The rich man was also rewarded. Not able to see those in need in life he now sees in eternal life as he becomes the beggar.

Here is another perspective on this story. As we go through life, we enjoy our youth and vitality. There is nothing we cannot do. Our parents seem to restrict our activities, telling us what to do and when to do it, and we resent it. We do not see as they do. As we get a little older, we start to see that our parents have a special wisdom. And we call upon them for advice and assistance, sometime financially. As our parents age, we see that they can no longer take care of themselves adequately. We are all different and for some being the caregivers for our parents comes naturally. For others, we find it a burden and we struggle through it. And still for others, we step over the issue, not wanting to see what our parents need. I am not criticizing or blaming anyone for what they have done or are doing but challenge you to think. Are you like the rich man choosing not to see but just step over or around?

I used aging parents as an example. There are many people in this world whom we just do not see because we choose not to or have hardened our hearts.

How do you see yourself? How will others see you as you age?

May the Lord bless you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen