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27 April 2009

Forgive us our debts...

I am neither an economist nor the daughter of an economist.
Yet it seems to me that something is wrong when the way to save our common economy is to spend, not save our individual resources.
I know that when we as individuals fall into economic difficulties, the economy will not spend its wealth on us.

I think of the early forms of the ancient prayer...
Matthew:
Forgive us our oipheimata - debts - as we forgive our debtors (oipheletais).
Luke:
Forgive us our hamartias - sins - as we forgive those who are indebted to us (opheilonti).
And the earliest of all, Mark:
Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone; so that your Beloved in heaven may also forgive you your paraptomata - trespasses.
It is not as simple as to be in debt is to trespass, to sin.
But is is that debt makes people vulnerable to exploitation. And that a financial system that requires exploitation - and an underclass (or several) to exploit is inherently sinful.

Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.
Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us.
Forgive us for placing ourselves in debt and holding others in debt.
Forgive us for trespassing against ourselves and others.

Forgive us for sinning against ourselves, each other and You.

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