The Gospel of the Poor
All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that one who belongs to God may be competent, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17.
These are meditations taken from Holy Scripture, for spiritual reading (Lectio Divina). To prepare them, I redacted biblical passages regarding these key words: poverty, poor, widows, orphans, foreigners/aliens, justice, oppression, injustice, wealth, rich., These were then sorted by the type of reading into five "books": Prophetic Oracles, Wisdom Sayings, Commands, Psalms and Laments, and the Traditions of Jesus. They are not intended for scholarly research or apologetics, but solely for meditative and contemplative reading (lectio divina).
In pursuit of this goal, they have been taken completely out of their biblical context and juxtaposed with other biblical materials from different contexts, all jumbled together and arranged as a continuous narrative. In particular, the "Traditions of Jesus" document is not meant to be a "harmony" of the Gospels or a full picture of the ministry of Jesus. Rather, it focuses on the material about Jesus in the New Testament that is particularly relevant to social justice.
Also included is a redaction of material from Paul's epistles arranged as though it was a "Letter to Oklahoma City". This was prepared for Easter in the year following the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building and was distributed by Catholic Action at Oklahoma City University.