Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Psalm 24


Pentecost +7 - Year B


What do we know about those who make it to prominence? Their hands and hearts are purely practical. They will do whatever is necessary to arrive at their goal and then do even more to keep it and even more to secure it.

All “acts of necessity” are finally called “blessings from the LORD”. Taking advantage of neighbors turns out to be taking advantage of G*D. Such is the company of those who seek the glorious and unending G*D - Mammon. Please look at stanza 4 of Philip Appleman’s poem, Five Easy Poems for Pagans.

In today’s political/economic realm we hear these ancient words anew:
Lift up your heads, O gated community!
and be lifted up, O golden job creators!
that glorious Mammon may come in.
What is Mammon’s glory?
A plutocracy, strong and mighty,
a fascism mighty in efficiency.
Lift up your heads, O gated community!
O golden financiers!
that glorious Mammon may come in.
What is Mammon’s glory?
The God of Prosperity,
is the king of gold.


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