The readings from today struck a chord in me in that they seem to reflect the attitudes of many of our political leaders. The promises made during campaigns resound in the reading, “we will buy the lowly for silver, and the poor for a pair of sandals, and even the refuse of the wheat we will sell!” (Amos 8:6). Promises are made beginning with “If I am elected….” and the people seem to vote for the one promising the most.
All adults should realize we can gain nothing without hard work and sacrifice. This includes the provisions provided for us by our government. In order for the government to be able to give to the people, the people must first give to the government. As John F. Kennedy said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what can you do for your country.” We must begin with the request of St. Paul in the second reading, “First of all, I ask that supplications, prayers, petitions, and thanksgivings be offered for everyone, for kings and all in authority,…(1 Tim. 2:1).
Pray for our leaders in all things, especially for them to accept the wisdom and understanding to do what is best for all people.