Have you ever wished you could see a miracle? Maybe you thought a miracle would change things for you, or show you how you should act. In today’s Gospel reading, we hear a story about the rich man and the poor man who both died. The poor man had suffered a lot in his life, and God took him to be with Him in heaven. The rich man had had a comfortable life, and he never thought of people who needed help (like the poor man, Lazarus). The rich man didn’t get to be with God in heaven.
After the rich man died, he wanted to warn his family what would happen to them too! He said, “If someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.” But sadly, it was too late. “If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.”
Sometimes, people want to see a sign or miracle to convince them to do something. To go to church. To love their families. To give to the poor. To ask forgiveness. The rich man wanted to give his family a miracle to show them and to change their lives.
But we can remember the words today. If they do not hear the Bible, they won’t even be convinced with a miracle. Let’s read the Bible as much as we can. That way, we can hear God’s voice there! We can hear what He wants us to know. He can show us how He wants us to act.
DO YOU KNOW: SAINT JOHN OF CHICAGO?
We all want to be first at something, don’t we? First in line. Or first to finish our work. Or even first to invent something important or solve some great puzzle. Saint John Kochurov of Chicago was first at something that not many people would want to be first at! A hundred years ago in Russia, a big group of people hated the Church, and they hated their Christian leaders too. They (called the Communists) started a huge rebellion, and they wanted to throw out all the leaders and put their own people in charge. Saint John Kochurov was the first priest to be killed by these God-hating people. He was the first one…out of many, many Christian priests.