Peter:The belief that there is not enough for everyone, and that some people deserve less, is a real problem at the core of our economic and social structure.
This year the Ontario government raised the minimum wage in response to years of grassroots organizing, including the efforts of faith communities. Yet some business owners, including some Tim Hortons franchise owners, have chosen to prioritize their profits over the good of their workers.
Jen:Jesus showed us the way of love and compassion for all people, including the poor. But on Good Friday, many chose cruelty and self-interest instead of courage. They chose to look away instead of reaching out. Division and conflict, deceitfulness and greed, all these crucify Christ once more in the body of our neighbour. This present world-system is also full of division and greed, which can make all of us—whatever our position in society—feel vulnerable and afraid.Continue reading
Today’s scripture readings are full of surprises and unexpected outcomes. If they are not surprising it might be because they are also pretty well known stories. Fresh from his rescue from the belly of the whale, Jonah finally visits Nineveh, the enemy city. It’s just him against this enormous, powerful and legendarily evil city, and against all odds everyone in the city believes his message, repents of their evil, and seeks God’s forgiveness. Didn’t see that one coming, did you?Continue reading