29 Nov Friday
The prophet Isaiah’s vision of the great ingathering on the holy mountain presents God as the ultimate judge. The terms of the judgment are to turn the weapons of war into the production of food. There will be no more hungry poor. The first to be called up is the house of Jacob, in other words, all the chosen people are called to turn from their economics of war industry to peace making.
Our own post-industrial society and economics depends on the manufacture of war that maintains a constant tension among the peoples. The theory goes something like this: you need weaponry to protect yourself against the others because they are different and one never knows what they are up to, but that they are aggressive and wish to expand.
We are still living a misinformed Malthusian theory that there’s not enough to go around, therefore, we have to protect what we have and take even more from others to ensure that we really have enough so that we hold to the illusion that we are number one, completely disregarding the gospel saying of Jesus that the first shall be last. If we shared in an economics of egalitarian distribution then there would be no need for the economics of war. But we believe in capitalism’s values and economics. To say nothing of the fact that we ultimately reject God’s providential care.
Christmas is about our bounty, and not hardly about God’s bounty that he should send His Son.