February 24 - St. Ethelbert
Jesus said to the Pharisees: "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 gladly have eaten his fill of the scraps that fell from the rich man's table. Dogs even used to come and lick his sores. When the poor man died, he was carried away by angels to the bosom of Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried, and from the netherworld, where he was in torment, he raised his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side” (Luke 16: 19-23).
We cannot buy our way into Heaven. Lazarus was poor but was virtuous and had a good heart. The rich man was only rich in material goods. Other than that he was empty. Let’s learn a lesson from this Gospel: the selfish do not pass through the gates of Heaven.
Lord Jesus, help me to follow your example and serve those in need.
Impact Sports: Do I help my teammates who may be less fortunate economically?
Impact Life: Do I watch inappropriate TV shows under the excuse that they are funny?