Second Thursday of Lent

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Second Thursday of Lent, March 1, 2018 WORD of the DAY  Then Abraham said, ‘If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead.       (Lk. 16: 31) How shall I live this Word? Luke’s parable of the rich man and Lazarus expresses delusion in the face of indifference in regard to salvation that many prophets had already denounced.  Like Jeremiah in the first reading who, by bringing back the voice of God, he must gather what results from people who turn away from Him: it is not even necessary to punish them; on their own, they build hells from which they can no longer come out. The parable anticipates and prefigures some reactions that will present themselves, in effect, to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. His resurrection will be experienced by many as a well-constructed and protected fraud, just as Jesus’ death had been already seen as the confirmation of His non-divinity, of His being an impostor. The solicitation to conversion, to change, to return to God is effective if it encounters sensible people who are willing to...