OF WEALTH IN THE USA
God of All Peoples,
have learned that Americans have an idea
of what they think the distribution of wealth
in our country should be, but according
to the Harvard Business School 2011 Survey, shown
in the graph above, they have a very mistaken
concept of the actuality. The wealthy have, for
many years, become increasingly
and proportionally, richer, and the poor have
become poorer and poorer.
Top 20% of the U.S. population controls 80%
of the country's wealth:
of us share the remaining
not up for yourselves treasures here
on earth," You have admonished us.
surely must learn to share the wealth
and the food and all of our other earthly resources
more much equitably than we are currently sharing,
at least in America.
poor you will always have with you,"
Christ told us, but the disparity between rich
and poor has so strained the economic fabric
of our society as to lead eventually perhaps
to the destruction of our republic, through
the egregious selfishness of the compassionless
rich, and the murderous uprising and mob violence
of the furious middle class
and the desperate restless poor.
Christ, were never more angry than when
You drove the money-changers out from
the Temple in Jerusalem.
us, Dear God, before it is too late,
find the ways, the means, and the will
to reduce the scandalous inequity between rich
and poor, so that those "at the top"
will have fair rewards for their effort, but those
the bottom" will not, for their heavy manual
labor, fall beneath the level
of sustenance, survival, and human dignity.
those at the top realize that the riches
of this earth are not theirs alone, and that when
we come to the end of our lives we will lose all
we have, and will face a final Divine judgment
and evaluation of how we used our material goods,
not what we acquired.
If ours is ill-gotten gain, we may lose our own
immortal souls along with our immoral accumulation
of material goods.
pray that somehow the rich, the middle class,
the poor -- and our leaders, lawmakers
and politicians -- will all come to realize
that the current situation is unfair, untenable
and immoral, and that we must make
the necessary economic changes before some enormous
economic catastrophe or social upheaval befalls
Jesus, please make America once more
a "Land of Opportunity," and a land
of equals in which all can find respectable employment
at wages on which they can support themselves
and their families in dignity.
not this country, once a shining beacon
of hope for all people, become a vicious land
of the misers and the miserable.
this I pray to You, God of Mercy,
God of Justice, God of Love, God of All People.