Monday, April 08, 2013
On the passing of Margaret Thatcher
the fathers of our people in their generations;
to them the Lord assigned great glory,
his majestic greatness from of old.
Some held sway over kingdoms
and gained renown for their might.
Others were far-seeing counsellors
who spoke out with prophetic power.
Some guided the people by their deliberations
and by their knowledge of the law,
giving instruction from their fund of wisdom.
All those won glory in their own generation
and were the pride of their times.
Some there are who have left behind them a name
to be commemorated in story.
Their prosperity is handed on to their descendants,
their inheritance to future generations.
Through them their children are within the covenant--
the whole race of their descendants.
Ecclesiasticus 44:1-4, 7, 11-12, REB
Woe to him who says,
"I shall build myself a spacious palace
with airy roof chambers and
windows set in it.
It will be paneled with cedar
and painted with vermilion."
Though your cedar is so splendid,
does that prove you a king?
Think of your father: he ate and drank,
dealt justly and fairly; all went well with him.
He upheld the cause of the lowly and poor;
then all was well.
Did not this show he knew me? says the Lord.
But your eyes and your heart are set on naught but gain, set only on the innocent blood you can shed,
on the cruel acts of tyranny you perpetrate.
Jeremiah 22: 14-17 (REB)
"They are casting their problems at society. And, you know, there's no such thing as society. There are individual men and women and there are families. And no government can do anything except through people, and people must look after themselves first. It is our duty to look after ourselves and then, also, to look after our neighbours."
One of these things is not like the others.....
Posted by Rmj at 11:09 AM