Thursday, August 11, 2011

Reflections on scarcity, abundance and faith



Bishop Mark Beckwith of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark has a nice reflection on abundance and scarcity...words we need to hear ...

Scarcity, Abundance, and Faith
The scarcity is real. But so is the abundance. You just have to dig down a bit harder to find it; and a bit further to trust it. Jesus was no stranger to scarcity. In the economic system of his day, Jesus and his fellow Jews were no more than sharecroppers to Roman overlords. They had few rights, and fewer freedoms. Talk about scarcity. 
And yet Jesus preached abundance. Over and over again. About mustard seeds, pearls of great price and demonstrating how a few table scraps can feed 5,000 people. He was not a first century Pollyanna, nor was he offering some sort of economic panacea. He was pointing people to another, more abundant reality than the scarce circumstances that surrounded them. It required -- and requires, faith to see the abundance. 

Read more HERE 

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