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2016 Lenten Reflection

Our very own Parish Relations Coordinator Allison Cavazos wrote this Lenten Reflection for Catholic Charities USA.

Thursday of the Second Week of Lent

Readings for the day

Depending on the characters with whom you identify, today’s readings can be a bit unnerving. In the Gospel, the rich man is sentenced with eternal torment, with a “great chasm” preventing him from escaping his condition. Knowing that he cannot be saved, he begs Abraham to allow him to warn those he has left behind.

One of the blessings of working at Catholic Charities is that we have the privilege not only to show love and compassion to the Lazaruses in our lives – those who are lined up outside of our offices each morning seeking help and hope for their families- but also to engage others in our work. Unlike the rich man who, having died, could only wish to draw others closer to God, we have the opportunity to do so every day. Catholic Charities is the place where our faith hits the pavement: not passing by those in need, but inviting them into our lives and into the Catholic Charities family where they will be treated with dignity and respect. And we invite our volunteers, donors, local parishes and community partners to do just the same. Whether they are feeding the hungry, helping to organize much-needed mother and baby items, or giving of their time, talent and treasure in other ways, they are opening their hearts to Lazarus.

Our impact is much greater than simply the number of people served. We are the bridge between the rich man and Lazarus, helping the rich man and the poor man to see the light of Christ in each other.