Who do you discard? Just a short while ago, Pope Francis posed the question “Who will be discarded next?” when discussing the economy.It can be so easy to discard others. In fact, we may not even realize it. Those clothes that were on sale? Where were they made, and what did the workers earn? My precious morning cup(s) of coffee? Who grew it and were they justly compensated? Those children racing across the border — do I consider their human dignity, and from what they are escaping, or do I worry about what they will do to me, and how they will interfere with my life?
Woe to those who plan iniquity,
and work out evil on their couches;
In the morning light they accomplish it
when it lies within their power.
They covet fields, and seize them;
houses, and they take them;
They cheat an owner of his house,
a man of his inheritance.
Lest we think God does not care about economic sins, we need to hear more clearly the words of Isaiah. The cheating mentioned by Isaiah that those who are planning iniquity are focusing upon is economic. Seizing fields, houses and inheritances. Cheating. Their focus is upon stuff, and not only that, but stuff at the expense of others. The stuff mentioned in the first reading comes only by discarding others.