Today’s first reading reminds me of the last line of a story I pecked out on my dad’s typewriter when I was eleven. First, though, let’s look at today’s reading.
King Ahab wanted to acquire the vineyard of his neighbor Naboth, so he felt sad when Naboth refused to sell it to him.
Ahab’s wife Jezebel took action for him. She made up false accusations against Naboth, and that brought Naboth’s neighbors to stone him to death. It allowed king Ahab to acquire Naboth’s land.
I say that story reminds me of the last line of a story I wrote on our typewriter when I was eleven.
In my story, a man’s once-a-month salary consisted of a dollar bill and a hundred dollar bill. When he bought a sandwich and an ice cream cone, he meant to pay with his dollar bill, but by mistake he gave the man the hundred dollar bill.
But then there was a flood, and the cash register came floating by him, and he got his hundred dollar bill back.
The last line of that story I wrote when I was eleven was, “Thing like this happen every day.”
I suppose that too every day there are cases where powerful people have their way by defrauding ordinary people.