March 1, 2018
by Beth Samson
Creighton University's Campus Ministry
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Thursday of the Second Week of Lent
Lectionary: 233

Jeremiah 17:5-10
Psalms 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6
Luke 16:19-31

Praying Lent
Lent Prayer for Today

The Second Week of Lent - 41 min. - Text Transcript

Today’s readings remind me of the responsibility that come with the privilege I am afforded. I was born into a white, middle class family in the United States. I have a Master’s degree and a job that provides not only a salary and benefits, but also fulfillment. As someone who has plenty, I have a duty to share it.

Lent is a time to step back and take stock of what I have become accustomed to through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. This orients me to how I can give more fully of myself to my community. If the rich man wasn’t focused on only himself, he may have noticed the needs of Lazarus. By engaging in Lent, I am awakened from the routine of my day and stirred to consider how I respond to the needs of my community.

As we continue through Lent, I suggest we reflect on the following questions based on today’s Gospel:

  • Who or what has been the Lazarus in my experience?
  • Have I responded with the compassion and sharing our communities need? 
  • How can I better notice and tend to the Lazarus around me?

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