Sunday, August 11, 2013

Equity not Equality

Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more

The problem with this verse is that we all tend to apply it to "the rich and powerful" and simultaneously under-value ourselves and what we have.

If you are reading this, you part of the 34% of the world using the Internet. Two-thirds of the world has no access. If you are in the US you are in the 7th richest country in the world. We can easily forget how rarified our lives are.

The fundamental truth is that we must remain constantly aware that stewardship is the heart of the Christian life. Beginning with our own mind and body to the environment of our planet, today's gospel reminds us that at any moment our time on this earth may come to an end and we will each face a truly individual judgment of how we have cared for and used each of the countless gifts we have. This is not intended to fill us with fear, but to help us to take absolutely nothing for granted.