Luke 16:19–31


Commenting on the story of Lazarus and the rich man, St. Gregory says, “Here we must narrowly watch ourselves, seeing that banquets can scarcely be celebrated blamelessly, for almost always luxury accompanies feasting; and when the body is swallowed up in the delight of refreshing itself, the heart relaxes to empty joys.” It’s the last remark that I find so difficult to examine. What really brings my heart joy? Where do I look for consolation in my life? For a disciple, unlike the rich man in the parable, it can’t be in clothes or food or drink.


Lord Jesus, teach us to live in a manner marked by simplicity so that our hearts remain steadfast in
their devotion to you. May we seek joy not in material things but in the richness of our relationship with you. Amen.


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We look forward to praying with you again tomorrow.