Sunday, January 3, 2010

Luke versus Matthew, round two

Matthew is the comfy gospel, but Luke understands that problems should be identified. Luke and Matthew share beatitudes, but Luke adds four woes. From Luke 6:
24 But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation. 25 Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep. 26 Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.
A friend says that I blame the rich. I don't; I blame economic systems that allow the rich to be rich at the expense of the poor. Jesus says here that the rich will suffer when the world's wealth is shared, but that suffering won't be caused by people or God. I suspect it will come from their recognition that they could have done so much for others, yet they did so little.