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The Everyday Prayer

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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

Memory of Oscar Arnulfo Romero, archbishop of San Salvador. He was killed on March 24, 1980 on the altar. Memory of the massacre of the Fosse Ardeatine that took place in Rome in 1944, in which the Nazis killed 335 people.

Reading of the Word of God

Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

I am the good shepherd,
my sheep listen to my voice,
and they become
one flock and one fold.

Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

Luke 16, 19-31

'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."


Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

I give you a new commandment,
that you love one another.

Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

The page of the Gospel on poor Lazarus is one of the best known. It continues to describe one of the most common situations also in life today. The rich man who feasts sumptuously is not relegated to the past, and Lazarus too is not an extinct species. Two persons, two situations. Below, Lazarus, whose eyes are fixed on the rich man waiting for some crumb, and above the rich man, who, on the other hand, does everything as if Lazarus didn’t exist; he doesn’t even see him. He was blinded by riches, a blindness which continues even today in our cities and in our world: a nation of poor people is at the door of the rich, at the threshold of life, waiting for the crumbs which fall from the table of those who banquet sumptuously. Truly that rich man has lost even his face, besides his name. God, on the other hand, chooses Lazarus and calls him by name, as is done with friends, so that, though he is discarded by men, he is loved by God and chosen to participate in the heavenly banquet. For the Lord, and thus for his disciples, the distance between the rich man and Lazarus is an unacceptable scandal and can find no justification. But that great abyss signals the very sad fate which the rich banqueter will meet. Unfortunately he becomes aware of it too late, when it is impossible to overcome it. And yet a little would have been enough during his life. And he asks that his brothers be informed. But the rich man does not know that in order to bridge the gap there is no need for great efforts, it is enough to open the Scriptures (Moses and the Prophets). This is what we are asked particularly in this Lenten time. The Word of God touches our heart and prods it to be merciful towards the many Lazaruses who are in our cities.

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