Pentecost +20 - Year B
Who can be saved? Surely not me from this Laurel and Hardy mess.
I have giggled, and now I weep.
I’ve come through so much. We have come through so much. Is it only to find ourselves on the scrap-heap of history and hope?
There is never enough wealth. Never enough power. Never enough prestige. Put simply, there is never enough.
A wrong question keeps being asked: “As I push you out of the way, I wonder how G*D will help you?”
Better questions are: “Why do I find so much pleasure in pushing you down?” or “Am I my neighbor’s?” or “What is my relationship to you?”
Having lost a neighborhood where we can walk and talk in the cool of the evening, how do we reestablish neighborliness, a neighborhood, and neighbors?
Some old understandings of behaving well — no stealing, no lying, etc. — serve well, but with a periodic psychopath/sociopath rising up with with followers excusing their bad behavior in light of their supposed cause, more than behavior control is needed. Unfortunately the something more that is needed is difficult to attain and maintain — perspective beyond one’s own experience and speculations.
Without a glimpse of a larger community with significant interactions, we keep falling back into easy answers — wealth trickles down rather than building up, so I’ll keep mine for me. Wealth proves G*D provides for those who persevere in hard work, so keep yanking on your bootstraps. Wealth is evidence of wisdom, so listen to your betters. Et cetera, et cetera, and etc.