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
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
Fr. Greeley's Last Book:
Once upon a
time a married couple went off on a long vacation to
They were shocked that she wasnt 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 dont know you were here those days, they said. You could have cleaned the house up the day before we returned.
Thats what we get for being generous to you.
The trouble with you people is that you have no sense of loyalty.
Psalm 90: 11-16
11 Who considers the power of your anger, and your
wrath according to the fear of you?
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