Saturday, September 15, 2007
Madison Avenue's Marketing Industry has lulled us to Sleep, Dumfounded and Mesmerized Americans into some sort of Poverty-stricken Stupor of Ignorance
HIA speaks mostly of helping the homeless poor, but are they the only people living in poverty? Who are the poor, really? What about the poor in understanding? When Jesus says, “Blessed are you who are poor, for the Kingdom of God is yours” [see Mercy for Some & Woes for Others, Friday, September 14, 2007] he implies that financial poverty does not hinder one’s salvation. True poverty is a poorness of understanding of God’s expectations. Isn’t this the poverty that is harmful to one’s soul? Jesus warns of the grave poverty of wealthy ignorance (being "fat", dumb and happy) when he says, “Woe to you who laugh now, for you will grieve and weep.” So who are the needy? They are easy to find. Look around, they are everywhere. Visit our shopping malls, movie theaters, electronics stores, and anywhere that Madison Avenue's marketing industry has lulled us to sleep, dumbfounded and mesmerized Americans into some sort of poverty-stricken stupor of ignorance. Americans, although they are financially wealthy for the most part; many suffer from the poverty of ignorance, confusion, false assumptions, and lack of awareness. Yes, the financially poor will always be with us, (Mark 14:7) but their time of suffering on earth is very brief, a grain of sand in comparison to the eternal beatific vision of God they will soon share. How can we raise consciousness even among our very "religious" families, fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters and friends to empower them to a more gratifying, meaningful and spiritually-connected life filled with Christ's compassion for the lost, forgotten and under served? How can we help to bring each other home? Otherwise, Jesus warns, "Woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.” (Luke 6:24) How great is the darkness that has overtaken us? Who will shine a light into the darkness?