Quote/s of the Day – 4 March – Thursday of the Second week of Lent, Readings: Jeremiah 17:5-10, Psalms 1: 1-2, 3, and 6, Luke 16: 19-31
“There was a rich man
who was clothed in purple and fine linen
and who feasted sumptuously everyday.
And at his gate was laid,
a poor man named Lazarus …”
“You, who think that you have a healthy hand,
beware lest it is withered by greed or by sacrilege.
Hold it out often.
Hold it out to the poor person who begs you.
Hold it out to help your neighbour,
to give protection to a widow,
to snatch from harm
one whom you see subjected to unjust insult.
Hold it out to God for your sins.”
St Ambrose (340-397)
Father and Doctor of the Church
“… Let us be afraid, my beloved,
lest we also see the poor
and pass them by,
lest instead of Lazarus,
there be many
to accuse us hereafter.”
St John Chrysostom (347-407)
Father & Doctor of the Church
“God resists the proud”
whether they are covered with silk or with rags
but “he gives grace to the humble” (Jas 4:6)
whether or not, they have possessions in this world.
God looks at what is within,
it is there He assesses,
there He examines.”
St Augustine (354-430)
Father & Doctor of Grace
“What sort of people are we?
When God gives, we want to receive,
when He asks, we refuse to give?
When a poor man is hungry,
Christ is in need, as He said Himself:
“I was hungry and you gave me no food.”
Take care not to despise the hardship of the poor,
if you would hope, without fear,
to have your sins forgiven…
What He receives on earth,
He returns in heaven.”