rainThere 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 who would’ve gladly eaten his fill of the scraps that fell from the rich man’s table.  Dogs even used to come and lick his sores.  Luke 16:19-21

Today’s parable is sobering. A rich man is condemned because he ignores the needs of a poor man.  How does this story speak to you? Does it make you want to volunteer at a homeless shelter or serve food at a local outreach? While these are wonderful ways to reach out, “the poor” are more present than you think. Perhaps a crabby co-worker is hungry for your acceptance. Maybe a wayward child is starving for your attention. Every day we encounter people who need medical attention, extra money for emergencies, or simply better food on the table.

Let us walk this Lenten season with our eyes—and hearts—wide open.