We welcome Sister Julie Myers, OSF, of the Sisters of Saint Francis of Sylvania, to A Nun's Life this Lent. Sister Julie along with a number of other Catholic Sisters in and around the Diocese of Toledo have joined together to offer daily reflections during Lent. We are grateful to be able to offer these reflections to you, the A Nun's Life community! Today's scripture readings are Jeremiah 17:5-10; Psalm 1:1-4,6; and Luke 16:19-31.
“There was a rich man who dressed in purple garments and fine linen and dined sumptuously each day. And lying at his door was a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores. When the poor man died, he was carried away by angels to the bosom of Abraham.” Luke 16: 19-20, 22
Today's readings certainly complement each other in meaning and lesson. Jeremiah puts forth the gift of trust. Who do we give our trust to — the human person or the Lord? The season of Lent calls us to stop our busyness and reflect upon our works and efforts and daily life. What empowers or gives energy to your work and efforts? Is it a source that fills you to overflowing in order that you are able to continue giving joyfully or is it self-fulfilling that keeps you empty and always working to fill that which can never be full? “Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose hope is the Lord.” Hope is like water for the soul which nourishes and refreshes and gives life!
In Luke’s gospel, Jesus is telling a parable and makes it clear that his compassion and love is what carries us in our poverty. He also reminds us that our possessions, wealth, and greed can bury us, create chasms, and eventually prevent us from reaching out to others. So, who do you trust and hope in?
Sister Julie Myers, OSF/S
Sisters of St. Francis