August 18, 2020

Ez 28: 1-10

The word of the Lord came to me: Mortal, say to the prince of Tyre, Thus says the Lord God: Because your heart is proud and you have said, “I am a god; I sit in the seat of the gods, in the heart of the seas,” yet you are but a mortal, and no god, though you compare your mind with the mind of a god. 

You are indeed wiser than Daniel; no secret is hidden from you; by your wisdom and your understanding you have amassed wealth for yourself, and have gathered gold and silver into your treasuries. By your great wisdom in trade you have increased your wealth, and your heart has become proud in your wealth. 

Therefore thus says the Lord God: Because you compare your mind with the mind of a god, therefore, I will bring strangers against you, the most terrible of the nations; they shall draw their swords against the beauty of your wisdom and defile your splendor. They shall thrust you down to the Pit, and you shall die a violent death in the heart of the seas. 

Will you still say, “I am a god,” in the presence of those who kill you, though you are but a mortal, and no god, in the hands of those who wound you? You shall die the death of the uncircumcised by the hand of foreigners; for I have spoken, says the Lord God.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Rich in Spirit

In today’s reading, God doesn’t condemn the Prince of Tyre for being rich, but for how his riches have corrupted him. From Pharaoh to Herod, the Bible is full of characters who get bent out of shape by power and wealth. Jesus takes up this issue in the Gospel: our real danger is any excessive attachment that separates us from each other and from God. 

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Tyre still exists. It is one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world, not far from Beirut in modern-day Lebanon. That country’s pain has been in headlines and our prayers recently. While the political problems there are complicated, they include a ruling elite composed of prominent families in inherited positions. Letting go of the things of this world has never been an easy task.

Pray today for a heart that desires what brings us into deeper and more authentic friendship with God, and for our brothers and sisters around the world who struggle to do the same.

Joe Kraemer, SJ, is a scholastic of the Jesuits West Province who begins his second year of Theology at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, CA this fall.

Prayer

Nothing is more practical than
finding God, than
falling in love
in a quite absolute, final way.
What you are in love with,
what seizes your imagination, will affect everything.
It will decide
what will get you out of bed in the morning,
what you do with your evenings,
how you spend your weekends,
what you read, whom you know,
what breaks your heart,
and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.
Fall in love, stay in love,
and it will decide everything.

—Attributed to Pedro Arrupe, SJ


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August 18, 2020

Ez 28: 1-10

The word of the Lord came to me: Mortal, say to the prince of Tyre, Thus says the Lord God: Because your heart is proud and you have said, “I am a god; I sit in the seat of the gods, in the heart of the seas,” yet you are but a mortal, and no god, though you compare your mind with the mind of a god. 

You are indeed wiser than Daniel; no secret is hidden from you; by your wisdom and your understanding you have amassed wealth for yourself, and have gathered gold and silver into your treasuries. By your great wisdom in trade you have increased your wealth, and your heart has become proud in your wealth. 

Therefore thus says the Lord God: Because you compare your mind with the mind of a god, therefore, I will bring strangers against you, the most terrible of the nations; they shall draw their swords against the beauty of your wisdom and defile your splendor. They shall thrust you down to the Pit, and you shall die a violent death in the heart of the seas. 

Will you still say, “I am a god,” in the presence of those who kill you, though you are but a mortal, and no god, in the hands of those who wound you? You shall die the death of the uncircumcised by the hand of foreigners; for I have spoken, says the Lord God.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Rich in Spirit

In today’s reading, God doesn’t condemn the Prince of Tyre for being rich, but for how his riches have corrupted him. From Pharaoh to Herod, the Bible is full of characters who get bent out of shape by power and wealth. Jesus takes up this issue in the Gospel: our real danger is any excessive attachment that separates us from each other and from God. 

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Tyre still exists. It is one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world, not far from Beirut in modern-day Lebanon. That country’s pain has been in headlines and our prayers recently. While the political problems there are complicated, they include a ruling elite composed of prominent families in inherited positions. Letting go of the things of this world has never been an easy task.

Pray today for a heart that desires what brings us into deeper and more authentic friendship with God, and for our brothers and sisters around the world who struggle to do the same.

Joe Kraemer, SJ, is a scholastic of the Jesuits West Province who begins his second year of Theology at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, CA this fall.

Prayer

Nothing is more practical than
finding God, than
falling in love
in a quite absolute, final way.
What you are in love with,
what seizes your imagination, will affect everything.
It will decide
what will get you out of bed in the morning,
what you do with your evenings,
how you spend your weekends,
what you read, whom you know,
what breaks your heart,
and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.
Fall in love, stay in love,
and it will decide everything.

—Attributed to Pedro Arrupe, SJ


Please share the Good Word with your friends!