When the Rich Wash Their Feet in Tears of the Poor

James Gordon
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 6:15 am

In his poem, "From the Bleak Liturgies," R.S. Thomas condemns those "kings" who launder their feet in the tears of the poor, Gordon says.

Economics eventually lead back to God.

Justice and injustice, generosity and greed, compassion and callousness, sharing and possessiveness, these and many other contrasts in the human condition are inextricably woven into the fabric of human ethics, and for people of faith, provide the texture of holiness in practical terms.

Living in contemporary Western affluence, there was a time not so long ago when we could say that at least people didn't starve, that there is a welfare safety net and that our economy budgets for the vulnerable.

We believed that at its best our benefit system seeks to be all those positive things listed above: just, generous, compassionate, sharing.
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