Friends of the Rosary:
The story that Jesus tells to the Pharisees (Lk 16:19-31) that we read today in the Gospel, is extremely revealing.
There was a rich man who lived sumptuously, enjoying any pleasure of life and ignoring God and the poor, starving neighbors. He died and went to hell, suffering the eternal torment of fire. There, he asked Abraham for relief or at least to warn his five brothers still on earth of the pains of the netherworld. Abraham replied that those relatives should listen to Moses and the prophets.
On the other side, we picture a beggar named Lazarus who due to his faith, humility, and patience is now in Heaven in a state of everlasting joy.
The outcome is crystal clear: one day, we all will die and our earthly decisions will have endless consequences. Abusing our time on earth rejecting the Truth and behaving accordingly is the worst imaginable deal for everyone.
We have to be faithful and fraternally charitable. The day of judgment might arrive at any time, as we learn in the second Glorious mystery today.
Jesus, I Trust In You!
+ Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York