Thursday, July 19, 2012

Thursday in Pentecost, Proper 10: Beggars both

Opening Sentence
Send out your light and your truth, that they may lead me, and bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling. Psalm 43:3

Commemoration: Macrina the Younger
Merciful God, who called your servant Macrina to reveal in her life and her teaching the riches of your grace and truth: Mercifully grant that we, following her example, may seek after your wisdom and live according to her way; through Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Psalter: Psalm 37:1-18

Lessons: Joshua 3:14-4:7Romans 12:1-8Matthew 26:1-16

The Christian mission is not to resolve the socio-economic problem, that of poverty and wealth, of the redistribution of this world's goods; despite the fact that he who would redeem the poor from poverty must needs redeem the rich from wealth; he would redeem the slave must needs redeem the tyrant, and will inevitably attack the death sentence, whereby he will redeem not the condemned man but the executioner. But all this does not partake of the Christian mission. Christ called unto him poor and rich, slaves and tyrants, the victim and the executioner. At the approach of doom, at the coming of death, what difference is there between riches and poverty, slavery and tyranny, the man who sentences, and the man who is executed?

"The poor we have always with us," said Christ. Not, as certain self-appointed social Christians appear to believe, so that alms-giving, which they call charity, may be practised [sic]; but because there will always be a civic society, a society of fathers and children, and because civic society, civilization, bears poverty in its train.

In Spain the beggar sues for alms in the name of the love of God, and if nothing be given, you are supposed to reply: "For the love of God, brother, forgive me!" And as the beggar makes his appeal in the name of God, por Dios [for God], he is known as a por-diosero [beggar]. But as the other, the putative rich person, also asks his pardon for the sake of God, one might call him a por-diosero too. Por dioseros, beggars, both.

Miguel de Unamuno
The Agony of Christianity

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