Who You Gonna Believe

The Marian Fathers present this Lenten devotional series to help you prepare to receive graces on Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday.

Readings: Jer 17:5-10; Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4, and 6; Lk 16:19-31
Diary: 1495, 1760

"If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead." - Lk 16:31

There's an oft-quoted gem from the Marx Brothers movie "Duck Soup." Margaret Dumont tells Chico (who is disguised as Groucho) that she thought he had left the room. "But I saw you with my own eyes," Dumont says. Chico replies, "Well, who you gonna believe? Me or your own eyes?" Ironically, Dumont's character doesn't realize she's looking at an impostor.

Who can you trust? Jeremiah warns, "Cursed is the man who trusts in human beings, who seeks his strength in flesh" (Jer 17:5). Instead, "Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose hope is the Lord" (Jer 17:7). The psalmist echoes the lesson.

In today's Gospel, Jesus tells the parable of the rich man who, in his lifetime, ignored the pleas of Lazarus. Now being punished for his heartlessness, the rich man cries out to Abraham to send Lazarus to go warn his five brothers to repent. Abraham replies, "If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead" (Lk 16:31).

Jesus has given us even more chances than the characters in His parable. Jesus did rise from the dead. Are we persuaded to repent?

Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to take advantage of this time of mercy while I am able. Help me to trust in You.

Missed a day? See previous "From Ashes to Mercy" daily meditations.

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