Daily reading: 18 January
Something to read
All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
- Psalm 36:7-8 from full reading Psalm 36:5-10.
Something to think about
In God’s ongoing creation, there is abundance.
There is vast potential far beyond any notion of enough for all people, all creatures, all creation – to eat, drink, live, grow and multiply in harmony and in peace.
So then, why are people oppressed in this world? Why are millions held in poverty, hungry and thirsty, vulnerable to the elements or ravaged by war?
Quite simply, because the hoarders and controllers of resources are driven by a fear that they will lose them if they stop storing them up.
Control the harvesting, control the buying and selling, control the distribution. This is the way of powerful organisations. Empires were built on the exploitation of indigenous peoples all over the world by weaponeer European travellers, frighteningly and ironically often in the name of Christ.
The aftershocks are still allowed to reverberate in this time, even positively encouraged whenever a wealthy government puts itself or its immediate popular support system before the welfare of the planet.
This is not the way of Christ. It is anti-Christ. Redistribution and cooperation across all cultures must happen, now.
Something to do
Read about Christian Aid Ireland's work worldwide and find out how we're helping to address the imbalance in distribution of ‘the abundance of (God’s) house’.
Is there something you feel called to look deeper into? Ask the Holy Spirit to lead you wherever God desires.
Something to pray
Indiscriminate, loving God, teach me to live authentically as a true disciple of Christ, to take the part of the oppressed and stand strong in the face of those who oppress.
May I cease to be complicit in the abuse of creation and instead be an active agent in her healing.
Father Tim Ardouin is Church in Wales priest-in-charge in North Gower. He is a founder and director of the School of Christian Mysticism, a trustee for St Madoc Centre and Archbishop’s Officer for Interfaith Dialogue.
Published on 18 January 2021