A New Moon Sensitivity (Amos 8:4-7, I timothy 2:1-8, Luke 16:1-3)

Article by Lamin Sanneh

The scripture readings for the 18th Sunday after Pentecost contain an extraordinary consistency. Amos 8:4-7 describes God pressing a serious charge against his people for oppressing the poor and seeing religion as an annoying "new moon" inconvenience. The Epistle reading in I Timothy 2:1-8 speaks of the cessation of anger and quarreling as marks of …