Jeremiah 3:14-16; Luke 21:25-36

There’s an old story, one that exists in a number of forms, and which I’m sure a number of you have heard many times before.  It concerns a man who was in the habit every morning of opening the Bible at random and, with eyes closed, he would place his finger upon the page; he would then open his eyes and read what he regarded as God’s inspirational word to him for the day.  Continue reading “Jeremiah 3:14-16; Luke 21:25-36”

Ruth 3:1-5, 4:13-17; Mark 12:38-44

The American trade unionist George Meany once said that economics was the one profession where a person could gain great eminence without ever being right. A more caustic observation is that capitalism is “survival of the fattest”.  These wry observations may seem especially relevant right now, not only because of the havoc wreaked on millions of people around the world by the global economic crisis; but because the taxpayer-funded handouts to some of the corporations chiefly responsible for the crisis have been justified on the grounds that they were too big to be allowed to fail.  No economist or financial expert predicted the crash; and it seems that, despite some notable casualties, the fattest have not merely been allowed to survive, but have largely escaped the consequences of their actions. Continue reading “Ruth 3:1-5, 4:13-17; Mark 12:38-44”