Stranded on Olympus

Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23

Mark 7:24-37

James 2:1-10, (11-13), 14-17

 

The appropriate response to the depiction of Christ’s suffering and broken flesh is not empathy leading to philanthropic action or political activism on behalf of the less fortunate other.  Rather, it is meant to provoke repentance and conversion.                                                                

                                             Luke Bretherton

There are two kinds of people in the world, the saying goes ‚Äď those who divide people into two kinds and those who don‚Äôt.¬† The saying is, of course, tongue-in-cheek; a satire of, say, candidates who draw dishonestly simplistic false dichotomies for political gain, or of ‚Äúexperts‚ÄĚ who presume a perspective from which they omnisciently categorize the world.¬† At best these folks are pretentious.¬† At worst, they are the ones who make ‚Äúdistinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts‚ÄĚ (James 2:4).

The lectionary readings unabashedly speak of two kinds of people Рthe poor and the rich.  Far from making a false dichotomy, the texts shine light on what is perhaps the primordial divide.  Read more