Speak Lord: Save them from us

Listen to this, you who trample on the needy and try to suppress the poor people of the country, you who say, ‘When will New Moon be over so that we can sell our corn, and sabbath, so that we can market our wheat? Then by lowering the bushel, raising the shekel, by swindling and tampering with the scales, we can buy up the poor for money, and the needy for a pair of sandals, and get a price even for the sweepings of the wheat.’

The Lord swears it by the pride of Jacob, ‘Never will I forget a single thing you have done.’

First reading for 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Amos 8:4-7

We may not be traders and exploit others in such evident ways.

But do we take unfair advantage of others in other ways?

Do we rely on position, privilege or power to serve our interests over those with greater needs?

What might we forget that the Lord will ever remember?

Photograph (c) 2014, Allen Morris. Installation by Berlinde de Bruckyere, St Anne’s prison, Avignon.

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