Sunday, January 15, 2012

Great Divide

This is the original article that I submitted for In His Steps, the daily prayer guide of the members of Couples for Christ and its ministries.  My initial attempt at writing for In His Steps appears in the Sept. 12, 2012 issue.

LUKE 6:20-26

And raising his eyes toward his disciples he said:  “Blessed are you who are poor, for the kingdom of God is yours.  Blessed are you who are now hungry, for you will be satisfied.  Blessed are you who are now weeping, for you will laugh.  Blessed are you when people hate you, and denounce your name as evil on account of the Son of Man.  Rejoice and leap for joy on that day!  Behold, your reward will be great in heaven.  For their ancestors treated the prophets in the same way.  But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.  But woe to you who are filled now, for you will be hungry.  Woe to you who laugh now, for you will grieve and weep.  Woe to you when all speak well of you, for their ancestors treated the false prophets in this way.”

Jesus Christ has always been the champion of the poor, the downtrodden and the oppressed.  At the time this gospel was written, there was no middle class to speak of that would bridge the elite class and the poor.  The elite had everything including access to the churches but the poor had practically nothing.

Fast forward to the 21st century and although there is already a middle class, the elite still owns almost everything while the poor still suffer. Look around and the great divide is still evident. 

Though it is not a sin to be rich and endowed, sharing of resources to the poor is expected of us.  Sharing could be in the form of giving them equal opportunities and opening doors for them to uplift them from their present predicament.

This gospel is about hope.  Jesus is assuring us that there is something better to look up to in His kingdom.  Whatever suffering we have endured or are enduring on earth will be rewarded in the afterlife.  Heaven is one great equalizer:  both rich and poor have equal chances of entering His gate.

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