I fired up the computer this morning and among the headlines about Hollywood sex and murder and mayhem, I saw that the senate rejected the Buffet rule which would have placed a heavier tax burden on some millionaires and billionaires. The fat cats who say that wealth trickles down (It never does!) should have a growing concern about the widening gap between the 1% and the 99% in this nation and around the world. People who are hungry and out of options for making a go of it have a track record of rebellion. As I bemoaned the downside of Ayn Rand “I’ve got mine. You just try and get yours.” thinking, and the arrogance of Romney’s refusal to come clean with his tax returns replete with Swiss and Cayman bank accounts, today’s reading from Act jumped out at me: Continue reading
NO PICTURE TODAY BECAUSE WHAT FOLLOWS IS NOT A PRETTY PICTURE
The wicked said among themselves,
thinking not aright:
“Let us beset the just one, because he is obnoxious to us;
he sets himself against our doings,
Reproaches us for transgressions of the law
and charges us with violations of our training.
He professes to have knowledge of God
and styles himself a child of the LORD.
To us he is the censure of our thoughts;
merely to see him is a hardship for us,
Because his life is not like that of others,
and different are his ways.
He judges us debased;
he holds aloof from our paths as from things impure.
He calls blest the destiny of the just
and boasts that God is his Father.
Let us see whether his words be true;
let us find out what will happen to him.
For if the just one be the son of God, he will defend him
and deliver him from the hand of his foes.
With revilement and torture let us put him to the test
that we may have proof of his gentleness
and try his patience.
Let us condemn him to a shameful death;
for according to his own words, God will take care of him.”
These were their thoughts, but they erred;
for their wickedness blinded them,
and they knew not the hidden counsels of God;
neither did they count on a recompense of holiness
nor discern the innocent souls’ reward. (Wisdom 2:1-22) Continue reading