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Oct 12th 2008 - Twenty eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Oct 12th 2008

Twenty eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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   It is useful to reflect on this Sunday that even the richest kings in the time of Jesus enjoyed a standard of living, not to say the health care, which the poorest people in our society would engage in violent revolt if it was forced upon them. Moreover even our poorest are wealthy compared to some of the really poor people in the world, such as those who live in the favelas of Latin America or the shanty towns of Africa. We would be mistaken if we tried to derive economic policy from todayís Gospel. We would also be mistaken to think that Christians can accept acute inequality even within our relatively affluent society. One of the issues in this election is the enormous gap between the salaries of CEOs and the salaries of ordinary workers, a gap which even European businessmen find appalling.

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  Once upon a time a married couple went off on a long vacation to Europe. Since their kids were away in college, there was no need to have someone take care of the house. So they told their cleaning person she didnít have to come to the house until they returned. She looked so  said that they said she could come in one way every other week instead of two days every week. They were shocked that she wasnít as grateful as they thought she should be. They came home after having a wonderful time on their trip and found the house in perfect order of course. The cleaning person told them that she had found another job while they were gone at which she could work every day. They were furious at her for her disloyalty and refused to pay her for the days she had worked while they were away. We donít know you were here those days, they said. You could have cleaned the house up the day before we returned. Thatís what we get for being generous to you. The trouble with you people is that you have no sense of loyalty.

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Psalm 23:1-6

1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want;
2 he makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters;
3 he restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for thou art with me;  thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies;  thou anointest my head with oil, my cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life;  and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

 

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The cleaning person told them that she had found another job while they were gone at which she could work every day. They were furious at her for her disloyalty and refused to pay her for the days she had worked while they were away. We donít know you were here those days, they said. You could have cleaned the house up the day before we returned. Thatís what we get for being generous to you. The trouble with you people is that you have no sense of loyalty
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