Jeremiah 17:5-10 / Luke 16:19-31
It is said that “The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don't tell you what to see.” (Alexandra K.Trenfor)
As we think about this statement, we would want to think about what life has taught us, as life and its experiences are one of the best teachers.
And as we think about the 1st reading, we will agree with what the Lord had said in it - "A curse on the man who puts his trust in man, who relies on things of flesh, whose heart turns from the Lord."
"A blessing on the man who puts his trust in the Lord, with the Lord for his hope."
So our many experiences of life with its ups and downs has many lessons to teach us, yet we have to decide for ourselves who to put our trust in.
In the gospel, Jesus told a parable of the rich man and Lazarus. In his lifetime, the rich man looked at many things but he did not or didn't want to see Lazarus. But it was only when he was in Hades that he looked up and saw Lazarus in the bosom of Abraham.
As much as that parable has many teaching points, Jesus is also showing us where to look but not what to see.
But as we look at our lives, may we see what is for temporary and what is for eternity, that the good we do on earth will be acknowledged up above, and that we have to put our trust in God and not in man.
Let us ask to Lord to help us to look as well as to see.