The BBC recently reported that “the share of the world’s wealth owned by the richest 1% increased from 44% in 2009 to 48%” in 2015 and that “on current trends, Oxfam…expects the wealthiest 1% to own more than 50% of the world’s wealth by 2016.” What must we hear from the biblical prophets in the face of this staggering trend? How should the rich and the poor relate to each other? How does scripture understand wealth and the consequences of greed? Fr. Marc and Richard reflect on these questions and the shame that God’s generosity brings to those who believe that they’ve earned what they have.
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