Thursday Second Week in Lent – Cura Personalis

Time to resist. You see what is wrong? Try and right it. You hear of a command that is immoral? Civil disobedience. You see inequality? Push back, hard. We have a collective responsibility to care for our fellow citizens. If some find difficulty in the pursuit of happiness then sometimes they need help from us.

How blessed is anyone who rejects the advice of the wicked and does not take a stand in the path that sinners tread, nor a seat in company with cynics,

but who delights in the law of Yahweh and murmurs his law day and night. (Ps 1:1-2)

Karma works in strange ways as the following story recounts. It speaks for itself as a warning, whether it is about health care or banning people, the message is the same.

‘There was a rich man who used to dress in purple and fine linen and feast magnificently every day.

And at his gate there used to lie a poor man called Lazarus, covered with sores,

who longed to fill himself with what fell from the rich man’s table. Even dogs came and licked his sores.

Now it happened that the poor man died and was carried away by the angels into Abraham’s embrace. The rich man also died and was buried.

 ‘In his torment in Hades he looked up and saw Abraham a long way off with Lazarus in his embrace.

So he cried out, “Father Abraham, pity me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in agony in these flames.”

Abraham said, “My son, remember that during your life you had your fill of good things, just as Lazarus his fill of bad. Now he is being comforted here while you are in agony.

 But that is not all: between us and you a great gulf has been fixed, to prevent those who want to cross from our side to yours or from your side to ours.”

‘So he said, “Father, I beg you then to send Lazarus to my father’s house,

 since I have five brothers, to give them warning so that they do not come to this place of torment too.”

Abraham said, “They have Moses and the prophets, let them listen to them.”

The rich man replied, “Ah no, father Abraham, but if someone comes to them from the dead, they will repent.”

Then Abraham said to him, “If they will not listen either to Moses or to the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone should rise from the dead.” (Lu 16:19-31)

Remember there is law and there is Law.

and so it goes…

A little song, a little dance, a little coffee down your pants... 40 years in the high school classroom and now on my own. A chance to think about stuff and how it affects everyone, not just me. Now residing in Oregon volunteering for a refugee organization.

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