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Jesus and tax cuts for the rich

The Gospel reading for today is Luke 16:1-13. It’s a passage in which Jesus focused on money and how it is handled and used. This passage is especially interesting in light of Ha-Joon Chang’s comments.

Verse 13 is one that is familiar to most of us. It’s a verse oft quoted and even more often ignored by Christian and non-Christians alike.

No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.

Wealth is a spiritual issue. That makes it a lifestyle issue.

Our focus is where our heart is. Faithfulness to Christ demands one focus. Wealth requires a different focus. To which are you devoted?

 

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The Pope is saying is that “Trickle Down” economics doesn’t work. There is no trickle down.

The poor and hungry deserve justice. That doesn’t mean charity and the scraps off our groaning tables. And it doesn’t mean sympathy and our old clothes that are no longer in style.

What God wants, and what the least among us need is for us to love each other as we have first been loved. When we love each other as we claim to love God there will be no need for empty promises.

We are all one global family. We just need to act like it.