Today is Thursday, the 20th of March, in the Second Week of Lent.

The community of Taizé sing Beati voi poveri: ‘Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the Kingdom of God.’

Today’s reading is from the Gospel of Luke.

Jesus loved to tell stories. It was his favourite way of teaching. Almost certainly, people loved to hear Him telling stories. Many of those stories might have been real events and maybe even events that had happened quite recently; the people hearing Jesus might even have known some of the characters in the story. Can you imagine yourself in such a situation, listening to him telling one of those stories? How would he do this, do you think?

What about the people round about you, when everyone realised that he was about to tell another story – did everyone fall silent, and wait for what was to come from Him?

As you listen again to Jesus telling that story, of the Rich Man and Lazarus, try to imagine what it would have been like among those who heard the story for the first time.

As he moves towards the conclusion of this extraordinary story, what begins to come to mind for you? What begins to stir in your heart? Take note of whatever arises and present it all to the Lord to bless and to use