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Thursday 8th March, 2012
Jeremiah 17:5-10. Happy are they who hope in the Lord—Ps 1:1-4, 6. Luke 16:19-31.

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The Lord watches over the path of the upright.

All three readings today contrast the wicked with the one who delights in God, the rich man with the poor. Reflecting these ideas back to ourselves and our world, we are drawn to the differences between wealth and poverty all around us. We cannot in honesty equate wealth with evil, or poverty with virtue, but conscience increasingly reminds us of our duty to share our excess with those who have little.

Those of us who have visited the poor in our own cities and in the slums of developing countries must have been touched by their acceptance, their simple generosity, their unencumbered joy of life. Their simple trust is ‘like a tree by the waterside that thrusts its roots to the stream and has nothing to fear’. We, who worry over losing our investments, have much to learn from the poor.



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