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Marianne Williamson, Reparations & Changing Our World Vision

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Readings for 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time: WIS 11:22-12:2; PS 145:1-2, 8-9, 10-11, 13, 14; 2 THES 1:11-2:2; JN 3:16; LK 1:1-10

Today's readings for the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time bring up questions of restorative justice and reparations for the harm we may have caused others as individuals and as Americans.

The day's main focus is the familiar story of the tax collector Zacchaeus. This very wealthy man was inspired by Jesus to give half of his possessions to the poor and to restore to those he had defrauded four times as much as he had embezzled.

Zacchaeus' example makes me think of Marianne Williamson's campaign for president which has made reparations a central plank in her platform.

Of course, Marianne's reparations focus is the African American community. But her rationale for it suggests something far beyond race relations within the United States. It intimates as well reparations to victims of U.S. foreign policy and to Mother Nature herself.

Let me explain and then show how the explanation is related to this day's readings.

To begin with, yes, I'm still supporting Marianne Williamson for president. She is the only candidate who confronts us with the undeniable truth that Americans need a fundamental change in consciousness if we are to address the unprecedented problems currently facing humankind.

That's what Marianne means by "miracles" changes in fundamental perceptions. That was also central to Jesus' proclamation about the Kingdom of God. We must think differently about the world and act accordingly.

So, it's not a question of merely tweaking the reigning economic system or of reviving Roosevelt's New Deal. What we need is an entirely new world vision that operates from the premise that everything we see is completely upside down. Reality stands 180 degrees away from what our culture tells us. All of it. If our culture says "black," we should think "white." If it says "good," we should think "bad." If it says "peace," we should know they're getting us ready for another war.

Instead, we are all one: women, men, children, immigrants, refugees, animals, plants, and the very air we breathe. That's the basis of Marianne Williamson's candidacy. There are no foreigners, no sacrosanct borders no America First. In fact, the United States must take 100% responsibility for the world's ills.

My decision to continue supporting Marianne Williamson was reinforced by listening to a campaign speech she gave at Yale University last week.

There she made the following points that she has always centralized in her approach to politics and to simply living as an evolved human being in our troubled world. Notice how they echo today's Gospel themes, reparations and restorative justice:

  1. We all know that until we identify and address the root of our problems in our personal, family, and community relationships, we'll never truly solve those problems.
  2. However, what is true in our personal lives also applies to our nation, because nations are simply groups of individuals.
  3. As Americans, we have been unwilling to face up to the harm caused by slavery, Jim Crow, and segregation on the one hand and to the resulting wealth accumulation in the white community on the other.
  4. The same holds true for U.S. foreign policy which has been based on colonialism and neocolonialism which are simply euphemisms for forcefully transferring wealth from the Global South to the Global North.
  5. Such transfer-by-force has been destructive not only of people but of the natural environment destroyed by industrialized agriculture, rainforest destruction, overfishing, and massive waste disposal in what's been called the Third World.
  6. We thus owe reparations to African Americans, to the Global South, and to Mother Nature.
  7. Marianne's presidency would have us directly confront those problems as the sine qua non for solving our national dilemmas, world poverty, and impending climate catastrophe.

Now, those are truly radical positions (in the etymological sense of that term). No other candidate not even Bernie or Elizabeth Warren addresses them at the level of consciousness emphasized by Marianne Williamson.

So, think about that and Marianne's position on reparations and restorative justice as you read the selections included in this Sunday's liturgy of the word. You'll find them here. They all invite us to radically transformed ideas of God, ourselves and of those we live with particularly on the other side of the street, on the other side of the tracks and on the other side of the world. (Note that the first reading is from the Book of Wisdom which imagines God's Spirit as female.) What follows are my reading's "translations." Please check for yourself to see if I've got them right:

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I know many readers will say that it would take a miracle for Marianne Williamson to be elected president. Marianne would agree. For her, "miracles" refer to the fundamental changes in human consciousness described in this homily. They happen all the time.

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I'm with you, Mike on MARIANNE.

MY DAD WOULD HAVE BEEN 128 TOMORROW. I still miss him.

If you have the time, Mike, check Roy Eidelson's piece OEN

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As a gay man who has been "married" (morally, physically, spiritually - but not legally) to the same man since 1984, I HAVE been denied marriage by the US government - in my lifetime and my dime. This bias has cost US about $73,000 more than a legally-recognized binary married couple.

This denial of equality has resulted in substantial costs that marriage provides. We've paid over $28,000 more in health insurance premiums and co-pays than a 'married' couple. We've paid over $45,000 MORE in taxes than a 'married' couple. There are also a lot of other benefits of marriage that has cost us FAR more than a binary married couple. No kids; but, I've paid for your schools. Gladly paid.

No, I don't want the cash - although reparations are due. I just want every tax-paying citizen to know that there are other people who have been treated more unfairly. Please stop whining about taxes and demanding a tax cut and reparations for distant relatives. Otherwise, I might start demanding my own reparations.

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Very interesting, Ron. I was thrown, however, by your final paragraph. I thought you were going to express solidarity with all people demanding reparations, instead of referring to the demands of those bilked by the system as "whining." What's up with that?

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