The story of Lazarus and the rich man is a great parable that teaches us about the relationship between history and eternity. What we do on earth endures in heaven. The soul is eternal; charity now begets a reward later.

God has a long memory for charity. Do I see the eternal value of the good that I do now? How do I treat my neighbor today? What happens when I encounter the poor?

Dear Jesus, help me to have a long vision for heaven. Grant me the ability to see the worth of every other person whom I meet today.