Lazarus and the American Dream

JMJ

I remember hearing a man from South America talk about economic and American exploitation of his country. American ( and other nations) predatory, even imperialistic economic practices in the third world have created a plethora of corrupt, petty, client states. However, this blog is not about geo-econo-politics, but rather a paradigm of wealthy nations, in particular the U.S. (I use the U.S. because being citizen to, I benefit from the injustices she imposes in the name of national interest), but rather by a question presented as a statement and it nags me from time to time. The question/statement went something like this: The people of South America do not resent their northern neighbors for living good; they want to live good. What they do not understand is why Americans always have to live better.

Land RM

“So,” you may ask, “what does this have to do with Lazarus?” In the Old Testament, God desires a people. We see Israel rise and fall as one nation. The righteous suffer with wicked through exiles and punishment and the wicked benefit from happier times of abundance when things go well between Israel and God. There is much good in America and we have been blessed like no other nation in history, but we have become corrupt and have come to assign the blessings given us by God to our own craft, industriousness, ambition,

As we enjoy the benefits of our unprecedented wealth, people are left to suffer, starve, and even die on our doorstep. Because we and our representatives in government lack the resolve to address anything of substance (such as immigration reform, universal healthcare, civil rights and justice for all citizens, etc.), favoring entertainment and self-righteous deadlock, people fleeing oppression, poverty, crime, and a myriad of other conditions that seem almost beyond our imagination are left to languish on our southern border. Because Congress, seeking only money, power, and reelection, panders to the most extreme of their parties, people in our own nation, our own citizens go hungry, struggle without healthcare, are homeless and often, suffer in hopeless despair. Is this the Shining City on the Hill? Is this the Kingdom of Heaven?

We Christians say we know the Lord. We say Jesus dwells within us. If we were blind, we should not have sin, but now we say: We see. Our sin remaineth.

Let us Pray:

O Lord, through the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary, I beg thee send thy Holy Spirit to change my heart.

Come Holy Spirit. Come Spirit of Wisdom. In all my ways guide me. That mind and soul may be as one, come Wise Spirit, come.

I ask this through Christ Our Lord.

Amen.

May almighty God bless you; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

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