SUNDAY THOUGHT 20.03.2022

And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered in sores, who longed to satisfy his hunger with the scraps that fell from the rich man’s table.” [Luke 16 : 20-21]

Have you thought about the “scraps” that we have to give to others? Not money so much but a scrap of human kindness, the sort of thing that we do out of the goodness of our hearts. Many of us are in fact, like the rich man in the Gospel of Luke, “rich” for some means being in good health, for others rich with spare time, and for many, they are rich in faith, friendship and courage or anything we have abundantly. Every day we meet someone who comes and begs at our table, they may not say anything aloud, but their presence tells us they would gladly receive the scraps that fall from our table of life. 

What might our scraps be? Someone who is depressed might need to feast on our patience while we wait with them to recover. Some who are housebound or who find life difficult may want to be fed with the gift of our time with a phone call or a visit, or even a meal. Someone who lacks self esteem or has had a serious failure may be grateful for a few kind wordsto help build them up again. All the “someones” of our world who come to our table of faith and would be glad of the riches of our prayers for them. 

In that case it is more important than ever that we pray for those we know are in need, whether that need is physical, practical or spiritual. The “riches” of our prayers for others, flow out of the church on Sunday when we come together but also from our homes in our daily prayers. They flow out into the neighbourhood and community and it is a good thing to pray for our community because we never know the good that these “scraps” of prayer can do.

At times any one of us can be the poor one at the table of life. we could be the ones in need of a friendly word, desperate for someone to say hello and acknowledge us. Or perhaps in need of a helping hand or a word of encouragement to help us on our way. It is easy to give sometimes but not always easy to receive because pride gets in the way. 

We all need the nourishment of loving kindness and there are times when we need to accept whatever is given to us. There are also times when we need to accept the Love of God who sends us His Love often in the guise of these who would nourish in their way. The Love of God flows constantly through us and around us, surrounding us with His Care. It is for us to listen and to accept that Love and so be lifted up as we travel through life.

LET US PRAY

LIFE – GIVING GOD,

HELP US TO RECOGNISE OUR RICHES,

AND GENEROUSLY SHARE THEM

WITH THOSE IN NEED.

HELP US ALSO TO BE ABLE

TO ACCEPT GIFTS THAT ARE GIVEN 

WHEN WE ARE IN NEED

TO ACCEPT YOUR LOVE IN ALL ITS FULLNESS

AND TO BE ALL THAT WE CAN BE IN THIS WORLD.

WE ASK IN JESUS NAME.​AMEN

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