Pentecost +17 - Year B
It is not necessary to posit wicked people or sinners as a source of human difficulty. All that is needed is to consider our everyday responses toward getting more. In particular we are intrigued with getting enough power to be able to get our way. Whether two or teen or troubled (and who isn’t), we fantasize about getting what we want when we want it.
Shorthand: we want to be the greatest, we want to prosper just by sitting by a river of wealth.
What does this everday desire have to do with equality, with honoring the disadvantaged?
Well, not too much.
Regarding a righteous/prosperous connection, there is never enough proof that we are either. When righteousness is equated with prosperity, our energy goes to gaining more, not giving more. This is as good a measurement of the meaning of life as we are going to get, so heed it well.