Jesus said to the Pharisees: “Abraham replied [to the rich man], ‘Between us and you a great chasm is established.’” Luke 16:26
The great chasm is a lack of awareness. The rich man never noticed Lazarus. He didn’t notice Lazarus’ hunger, illness, pain — he wasn’t aware of his presence at all.
As followers of Jesus, we are called to pay attention to the people we encounter at home, at work, in the community, around the world. We are called to honor the dignity of all people and serve everyone in a respectful manner.
Today I will consciously take notice of the people I encounter. I will offer everyone a kind word and a listening ear.
[Jesus said,] “‘No one can serve two masters.”Luke 16:13a
Some nights the pain in my joints seems to take over my whole being, and it takes a while to come back to myself and pray for help. It’s times like these that remind me it’s easy for me to remove God from the center of my universe. Social media, my smart phone, a resentment I’m carrying, a task I need to perform, pain… anything can become an idol when I focus my energy and attention on it.
Today I will consciously put God in the center of my life by talking everything over with the Lord. I will remember God is love, compassion, wisdom, and always present to help me in difficult moments.
Jesus addressed them, “Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:27
We carry personal crosses such as grief, addiction, depression, anxiety, chronic pain and fatigue. These burdens can be heavy at times and we often wish someone else would carry them for us.
Although others may help and support us, we are responsible for carrying our own burdens. When we are able to live with patience and loving acceptance instead of despair and self-pity, our burdens seem lighter.
God’s kindness and compassion are always present to comfort us as we do our best to follow the Lord’s way of peace and healing.
Today I will take time to rest. I will ask the Lord to show me how to carry my burdens with grace and ease.
Jesus passed through towns and villages, teaching as he went and making his way to Jerusalem.Luke 13:222
The Lord takes me on a journey every day. Sometimes we pass through times of suffering. Sometimes of delight. Sometimes of familiar routine. Wherever and whenever I walk with the Lord, he teaches me his way of kindness, patience, and compassion towards me and all those we encounter.
Lord, today I will walk with you. I will let you teach me the way of peace and unconditional love.
Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all and in all. Colossians 3:11
We are the body of Christ. Christ in you. Christ in me. Christ in those I have a hard time accepting. Christ in those who resent me. Christ in our hearts, minds, bodies, spirits. Christ in all. All in Christ.
Lord, today I will let go of the Christ in me to bless everyone I meet wherever I go.