Too Late for Change?
Thursday of the Second Week of Lent
I will pray for someone who is difficult for me to love, and I will be kind to a stranger.
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Luke 16: 19-31
although I cannot see you with my eyes, I believe you are present to me now, in my innermost being,
and that you know me far better than I know myself. I also know that you love me much more than I
love my own self. Thank you for loving and watching over me, though I don't deserve your love. In
return, I offer you my sorrow for my sins and my hopes to love you more each day.
Lord, help me to be generous and serve the needs of my
1. Self-centeredness Is Useless and Sinful:
The rich man lived in
isolated luxury, absorbed with the latest in fashion and the finest in dining. He did not hurt
anyone: He didn't run Lazarus off his property. He didn't mind Lazarus hanging around his table for
the leftovers. He didn't criticize him for not getting a job to earn a living. Then what was the
rich man's sin? He didn't treat Lazarus as a person. To the rich man, Lazarus was simply a part of
the landscape. How many people do I come in contact with, perhaps repeatedly, who are nothing more
to me than part of the landscape?
2. Suffering Helps Us Grow:
Our words compassion
and sympathy come from Latin and Greek roots that mean to suffer with. Our personal suffering makes
us more humane and opens us up to the plight of others. Our vision becomes more perceptive of
other's hardships, and our hearts become quicker to respond compassionately. Yet suffering can be a
double-edged sword. It can also push us into envy, hatred, bitterness and isolation if we are proud,
or if we forget that God permits trials to purify our love. How have I responded to suffering in
my life? Has it made me more compassionate or more bitter and self-centered?
Is More to Life Than Riches:
Suffering also makes us more zealous for souls, more apostolic.
Unfortunately for his brothers, the rich man's zeal was a zeal come lately. Because he spent all his
energy and fortune in avoiding suffering, he was totally absorbed in self. The meaning of his life
was completely temporal, and in the end he had nothing to show for it. One of our greatest
sufferings in purgatory will be the realization that we could have done so much more for the
salvation of souls.
Conversation with Christ:
Lord, I have had a chance to look
more seriously at myself in this
meditation and to examine if my heart is set on you, if
you are my
treasure. Perhaps in some areas I still cling to the treasures of this
world. But now I want to get rid of them completely. I know that
my heart can
be set on only one thing and that it will radiate with
whatever fills it. Fill me with
yourself, so that I may radiate you.
Anything that is not you cripples my efforts to give
you to others.
Rid me of my selfishness. Make me your
I will pray for someone who is difficult for me to
love, and I will be kind to a stranger.
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