“Between us and you a great gulf has been fixed, to stop anyone if he wanted to, crossing from our side to yours.”
Luke 16: 19-31
Jesus always teaches us by telling stories and today’s story tells about what happens when God comes into our lives.
It reminds me of a teacher assigned to a school in a marginalized community. The students had very low self-esteem, were poor, unloved and ignored. Their truant behaviour was a cry for help but no one recognized that. They yearned for kindness and love. The teacher restored their dignity. They recognized their true worth and were motivated to achieve their God-given potential.
This passage challenges us to put the gifts at the service of those in need. The teacher used the blessings he received from God to bless his students, a blessing that nobody can take from them for now they know they are loved and feel as if they are cradled in the bosom of Abraham as Lazarus did.
Lord, open our eyes so that we can see you in the face of the poor and the dejected and show us how to bring comfort by our service and care. Amen.