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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for November 16, 2020

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MONDAY, November 16                   Margaret of Scotland

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.”

What vivid scenes this parable paints for us, and not the least of all of Hades—with chasms and torments and a spectators’ gallery. The rich man, probably feeling thirst for the first time ever, calls out to Father Abraham, begging the assistance of a beggar he scorned in life. When the rich man is rebuffed, he thinks of his brothers and their own bad behavior. He wants to send them an extra warning, but Abraham will not relent.

This back and forth has always unsettled me. All the dialogue in this parable occurs between the rich man and Abraham. I wonder what Lazarus would say. As someone who has never had to thirst or beg, I wonder who in this parable stands in for me and those like me whom I love.

MOVING FORWARD: Read along with our lesson from Luke today. Where are you in this story?

PRAY for the Dioceses of Sabongidda-Ora (Nigeria) and Dublin & Glendalough (Ireland)

Ps 89:1-18 * 89:19-52 | Habakkuk 2:1-4,9-20 | James 2:14-26 | Luke 16:19-31



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