Rich People Suck (Heretic’s Guide for Sept 29, 2013)

Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!)

First Reading
Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15
The prophet Jeremiah writes from jail about a command from God to purchase some land in Judah, even as it is under siege by the Babylonian military, which is threatening to bring it under their control.

Amos 6:1a, 4-7
Amos offers a grave warning for those who live the easy life, while not mourning the ruin of the people descended from Joseph , will be the first to suffer in exile for their indifference.

Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16
A song about God’s protection and salvation for those who seek shelter in God.

Psalm 146
A warning not to place too much trust in human leadership, which will fade away, falter or die, but rather to trust in the God of Jacob. This is the true God which sets right the world’s wrongs, liberates the oppressed and brings the wicked to their knees.

Second reading
1 Timothy 6:6-19
Paul explains to Timothy that the Godly path is not in the pursuit of material wealth, but rather in the pursuit of contentment with our present circumstances. Love of money is at the root of much evil, he warns, and he charges Timothy with the challenge of pushing the rich not to focus on keeping what they have or getting more, but rather in bearing the social responsibility they have of helping others who have less.

Luke 16:19-31
Jesus tells a parable of the rich man who ignores the poor and suffering Lazarus who sleeps at his gates. When they both die, Lazarus joins Abraham in paradise and the rich man goes to Hades to suffer. Though Abraham explain there is no hope for him now, he begs to have Lazarus sent back to warn his brothers of what awaits them if they don’t repent. But Abraham notes that if they’re too stubborn to learn from the teachings they already have, a warning from the dead won’t change their hearts either.

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