The Bible as comfort and affliction

In his book, Canon and Community: A Guide to Canonical Community, James Sanders has this wondergful phrase:

The same Word of God which comforts the afflicted may also afflict the comfortable.

However you frame it, the Bible has a profound interest in issues of poverty and justice. Richard Bauckham, for example, talks of  the “downward movement of solidarity with the people at the bottom of the social scale of importance and wealth”.

How might the Word of God be comforting us today?

How might the Word of God be afflicting us today?

How might the Word of God be moving us beyond ourselves to consider and engage in the plight and powerlessness of others?