Reading today’s readings makes me think of a warm spring morning sitting by the bank of a running stream with a fishing pole sitting next to me and a bible in my hand reading the passages for the day. Can you feel yourself there beside me relaxing? A warm breeze drifts past, the leaves a rustling above you in the trees. Through those rustling leaves you sense our Lord sitting next to you. A peaceful calm overtakes you, the troubles at work, at home, or in your family wash away like a floating leaf falls from the tree into the stream and flows down the stream.
Christ wants us to relax and to use a phrase from a good friend “Seize the Day” to help our fellow man, to feed the hungry, to care for those who are struggling. He does not want us to spend our time worrying about things that we most likely have no control over. Trust that God will take care of our “real” needs. I do not want to be the Rich man who never sees those around me in pain. In the Gospel the rich man never saw Lazarus, he never took the time to listen for God’s message, all he did was accumulate wealth. He asks Abraham to send Lazarus to his brothers to warn them. Abraham replies” If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead.”
Every day we have the opportunity to reach out to someone who has risen from the dead. We can even meet him physically through the Eucharist. That person is Christ the Lord, we can ask him to help us live a better life, to help us see and reach out to those who are struggling.
Lord, please keep me firmly planted with my roots next to running waters, the running waters of your words and teachings. Help me to understand your words and to react to your teachings in a way that serves you.