Thursday, March 08, 2007

Blessing or Curse?

Today's first reading presents one of those "it's your choice" passages of the Old Testament. It's a common enough rhetorical device: Blessing or curse, life or death, God or iniquity, it's up to you. Only it's not always what it seems. Today, for example, it is "Cursed is the one who trusts in human beings..." That doesn't mean you are doomed "if" you trust in human beings, but you are doomed if you do because human beings are bound to fail you! You are simply foolish to put your trust in other people, no matter how powerful they seem, because ultimately you are staking your life on the wrong thing.
Jesus makes the same point in the Beatitudes. In other words, in the words of the first reading, "Blessed are those who trust in the Lord, whose hope is in the Lord."
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