The almighty Lord says this: ‘Woe to those ensconced so snugly in Zion and to those who feel so safe on the mountain of Samaria, those famous men of this first of nations to whom the House of Israel goes as client. Lying on ivory beds and sprawling on their divans, they dine on lambs from the flock, and stall-fattened veal; they bawl to the sound of the harp, they invent new instruments of music like David, they drink wine by the bowlful, and use the finest oil for anointing themselves, but about the ruin of Joseph they do not care at all. That is why they will be the first to be exiled; the sprawlers’ revelry is over.’
1st reading for the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Our security is threatened in many ways – climate change, political extremism, economic changes. Sometimes we have the courage to face these things – and at other times we seek escape in all sorts of ways – some more gross than others.
To what do you turn when the going gets tough?
Photograph (c) 2018, Allen Morris. L’Abbaye St Pierre, Moissac,