God’s values of
(right-eousness) through parables and example that “the ideology of
hasbeen broken, overwhelmed by the divine gift of
But of whatkind of abundance? Could the call be to awaken to the abundance of notonly God’s unearned and unmerited grace, but of voice? “To gain a voicemeans to come into the truth of one’s history corporately and individually, torecover one’s life, to acquire moral agency by naming one’s world. The voicebrings from the depth of silence the creative power, energy, and wholenessof a person or a people in the midst of its world.”
If all empires are “self-indulgent, arrogant, and abusive,”
then maybe thepurpose of voice is merely to cry loudly for all to hear something like Jere-miah’s truth-telling lament:
They have treated the wound of my people carelessly, saying, ‘Peace, peace,’when there is no peace. (Jeremiah 6:14)
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(the goodness and favor that God reserves for his faithful) “was a particu-larly useful word for speaking of God’s relationship to his people… because it heldtogether in a single expression an emphasis on divine freedom on the one hand anddivine commitment on the other, an emphasis on human need and weakness on theone hand and human responsibility to trust in God alone on the other. By a stretch-ing of the secular usage for delivering and protective action and concern to embraceeven forgiveness, the term came to express the uniqueness of god’s
as thebasis for a relationship stronger than any human bond.” See Katherine Doob Saken-feld,
The Meaning of Hesed in the Hebrew Bible: A New Inquir y
, HMS 17 (Missoula:Scholars Press, 1978), 149-50 quoted in Joseph Jensen, O.S.B.,
Ethical Dimensionsof the Prophets
(Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2006), 97-8.
In contrast to Solomon’s values of wealth, might, and wisdom, exemplifying thehighest aspects of secular humankind. See Brueggemann,
Journey to the CommonGood
, 2010, 34, 60, 62.
Kathleen M. O’Connor,
Lamentations & The Tears of the World
(Maryknowll, NY:Orbis Books, 2002), 83.
See Postscript for information about the empire and imperial ideology during thetime of Jesus and St. Paul’s response to this ideology given the message and life ofJesus.
Out of Babylon
, 20, 33.