Friday, June 15, 2007

Rich and Poor

The rich are different than you and me.
-F. Scott Fitzgerald

There's only one thing left to do: Sell everything you own and give it away to the poor. You will have riches in heaven. Then come, follow me.
-Jesus of Nazareth

How much do we talk-complain-pay attention to the rich? How much did Jesus pay attention to the poor? Granted he walked in the circles of the elite as well (Nicodemus, Synagoge Rulers, Centurions, etc.), and his conversations with them were just as "other-worldly" as they were with the poor. But to the poor he offered something tangible. A healing touch, a compassionate word, freedom from bondage, forgiveness. The rich? It always seemed just beyond their reach, a reflection perhaps.

In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again-born from above."
-Jesus of Nazareth

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