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May 21

Psalm 145, 8-9

Something to read

The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The LORD is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.

Something to think about

There have been calls for peace to be brought to the markets and economic structures that dominate world trade patterns.

There can be no peace without justice, without graciousness and compassion, without careful, thoughtful, creative alternatives being worked out, tried out and lived out between peoples as we demonstrate the words of the economist of compassion Margaret Legum: ‘it doesn’t have to be this way.’

This is work that is slow to anger and rich in love, generous in alternatives and prepared to make lived economic sacrifices to show another way.

This is the way Jesus spoke of in the Gospels with so many proverbial words which test us and taunt us to ‘consider the lilies’, ‘the widow’s mite’, the instruction to the rich, sad young man who was told to sell all his possessions and give his money to the poor.

The Lord is good to all. There is enough for everyone’s need but not for everyone’s greed. This means action to change the present economic structures at a political level but it also means a dedication by the churches and people of faith to live out alternatives and find more just ways of distributing wealth and dealing with the fear and myth of scarcity.

Something to do

Consider the place money has in your life - how it controls your decisions, delays your work for justice, piles up excuses - and consider how you might break that power by joining with others to share your concerns about it.

It's Christian Aid Week. Visit www.caweek.org for resources, stories and more.

Something to pray

Grant us the courage, of God of the upturned tables, to live a life where faith and politics mix, and through compassion and solidarity with the poorest among us, we may indeed learn to be rich in love.

Today's contributor is Alison Swinfen, a member of the Iona Community


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