THURSDAY 2ND WEEK
Micaela Kowalski, C '16
"He said to him, 'If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead."
One of the things that really stood out to me in today's Gospel is the last thing Abraham says to the rich man in the netherworld, "If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, they will not be convinced even if a man rises from the dead." This sentence struck me and it took me a moment to go over it in my mind. It seems kind of harsh doesn't it? But if you think about it, it really isn't. God gave us so many testimonies, so many miracles, and so much grace, that the Scriptures recount over and over. God, time and time again proved to humanity He does exist, and He does care. Through the prophets, He warns us of what is to come, and provided grace for His straying people. Abraham is saying after all of these amazing events, testimonies and stories, there is nothing else that will convince the unbelievers who still stubbornly refuse to acknowledge God.
Looking at this passage in this perspective, it is truly amazing to think of how much God loves us, and how many opportunities He gives us to come to Him, to believe in Him. When you are feeling doubtful, or are struggling, all you have to do is open the Bible and read of how miraculous God is, and how patient He is with the human race.
This Lenten season, take some time to read the Scriptures and recognize how God time and time again proves to us His love and His amazing grace and how He patiently leads His people back to Him when they stray.
God our Father, I thank You for giving us such wonderful testimonies in the Bible we can read and come to a better understanding of You. Thank You for always leading me back to You. Amen.
Jer 17: 5-10, Ps 1: 1-4, 6; Lk 16: 19-31