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 October 11th, 2009 A.D. - Twenty Eighth Sunday of the Year Mk 10/17-27

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October 11th, 2009 A.D.

Twenty Eighth Sunday of the Year Mk 10/17-27
 

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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 today’s 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 didn’t 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 wasn’t 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 don’t know you were here those days, they said. You could have cleaned the house up the day before we returned. That’s 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 90: 11-16

11 Who considers the power of thy anger, and thy wrath according to the fear of thee?
12 So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.
13 Return, O LORD! How long? Have pity on thy servants!
14 Satisfy us in the morning with thy steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
15 Make us glad as many days as thou hast afflicted us, and as many years as we have seen evil.
16 Let thy work be manifest to thy servants, and thy glorious power to their children.

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