Lent Reflection Thursday, March 5
There was a rich man who dressed in purple garments and fine linen and dined sumptuously each day. And lying at his door was a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores who would’ve gladly eaten his fill of the scraps that fell from the rich man’s table. Dogs even used to come and lick his sores. Luke 16:19-21
Today’s parable is sobering. A rich man is condemned because he ignores the needs of a poor man. How does this story speak to you? Does it make you want to volunteer at a homeless shelter or serve food at a local outreach? While these are wonderful ways to reach out, “the poor” are more present than you think. Perhaps a crabby co-worker is hungry for your acceptance. Maybe a wayward child is starving for your attention. Every day we encounter people who need medical attention, extra money for emergencies, or simply better food on the table.
Let us walk this Lenten season with our eyes—and hearts—wide open.
Written by Nancy Jo Sullivan
Nancy Jo Sullivan is an inspirational author and speaker. She has published with Random House, Guideposts, Readers Digest, and the Huffington Post. Her newest book, Small Mercies, was recently released by Loyola Press. In the book, she writes about God’s presence in motherhood, family, and love. Through poignant reflections, she recalls how she found God even in her darkest moments, especially in the months that followed the death of her daughter with Down’s syndrome. She reminds the reader that God is present in “every mess, burden, and blessing.” The mother of two grown daughters, Nancy Jo resides in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She loves hanging out with her daughters, teaching writing classes to kids with special needs, jogging, making spinach smoothies, and of course, writing about her imperfect life.