Our first and second readings for this weekend beautifully sum up the Church’s classical attitude toward those in power. I’ve long argued that the most influential philosopher of the nineteenth century was Friedrich Nietzsche. For this very influential and quirky German thinker, power is the fundamental reality—a perspective that has found its way into our cultural and political realms. But the Bible is not in sympathy with either the demonization of—or the exclusive holding up of—power.

Mass Readings

Reading 1 – Amos 8:4-7
Psalm – Psalm 113:1-8
Reading 2 – 1 Timothy 2:1-8
Gospel – Luke 16:1-13