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JAMES AND CAPITALISM

(Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, September 30, 2018

The biblical texts cited here are from the Letter of James, chapter 5, verses 1-6. (We have used the word “capitalist” instead of the word “rich”)

Money of the laborer, taken by the capitalist

Who are the capitalists?: They are those whose ultimate purpose in life is the accumulation of wealth for their own selfish interests. For them, other human beings are but mere “tools” to make wealth.
How are the capitalists identified: They  are identified by the manner in which they acquire wealth, and by the manner in which they use it.
I. The manner in which they acquire wealth. They acquire wealth by withholding the wages from the laborers who work in their factories … and the cries of the laborers have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts (James 5:4).
II. The manner in which they use their accumulated wealth. The capitalists use wealth in two ways:

Dispossessed laborer

1) They use it only for themselves: “You have lived on earth in luxury and pleasure; you have fattened your hearts for the day of slaughter” (James 5:5).
2) They use it as a means of domination: “You have condemned; you have murdered the righteous one; he offers you no resistance” (James 5:6).

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco)