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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for March 14, 2018

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WEDNESDAY, March 14

Luke 16:24 He called out, “Father Abraham, have mercy on 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.”

Recently I saw a young woman in the restroom at a baseball game. She was standing next to the paper towel holder, wiping her eyes, and silently sobbing. I didn’t want to embarrass her and didn’t know what to do. I soundlessly said a prayer and cast my eyes away. Others washed their hands and walked by her. Perhaps they noticed. Perhaps they didn’t.

And then an older woman walked up. “Are you okay?” she asked, and the young one nodded affirmatively. “Are you sure?” the older one asked, just to double-check.

God bless that older woman for the empathy she possessed to notice the pain of another human being and for her courage to respond in love. There will indeed come a time when it’s too late, says Jesus. For years, apparently, the rich man in Luke 16 didn’t notice the beggar Lazarus—or if he did, the rich man didn’t question why he wallowed in luxury and Lazarus had nothing. Think what might have happened if the rich man had said to Lazarus: “Are you okay?” I can only imagine how heaven would have rejoiced.

MOVING FORWARD: The next opportunity you have, reach out in compassion and ask, “Are you okay?” You’ll be glad you did.

Good Book Club Reading: Luke 16:19-31

PRAY for the Dioceses of Birmingham and Birmingham-Aston (England)

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