‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, 28 for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’
"...send Lazarus to my family..."
Send the poor man, now comforted...would the family even recognize him? Send a man, dead to that world, back to warn them of the potential torment in the afterlife??? Abraham's reply is absolutely logical to me: ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’ From birth until old age, Jews were taught about God, the Laws, the promises, the judgements. Their festivals, their daily, weekly, yearly routines centred around these things. So how did this rich man end up in Hades??? How did he wander so far from the path of righteousness?
The distractions of wealth...the comfort of wealth. It surrounds us, distracts us, pulls us away from being Jesus here on earth, lulls us into a false sense of security. Am I listening? Can we hear through all the stuff; all the constant busyness; all the incessant noise that envelops with barely perceivable voices speaking comfort, ease, superiority...and selfish aspiration?
May we look past the wealth we accumulate (maybe even learn to live with open hands) and open our eyes and ears to hear the call of the Prophets...and to see Jesus.