Words from the Heart for Wednesday December 7th, 2016
He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty.
Luke 1:53 (NIV)
Filling the Hungry
Mary praises God for what will be seen in Jesus’ ministry: the hungry are filled. Through Jesus, five thousand are fed and His disciples are given the Bread of Life. And now, we as the followers of Jesus are to continue this ministry by having compassion on those who need the Bread of Life. Who do you know that will need the compassion of Jesus today?
Thirteen percent of Canadians live in a state of food insecurity, which means they do not have reliable access to adequate amounts of safe, good-quality, nutritious food. The root cause of hunger in Canada is low income, which consistently affects more than four million of us at any given time. Food banks are an important method of addressing this need. Each month, over 850,000 people turn to food banks for help; more than one-third are children and youth.
The people who visit food banks come from all backgrounds. They include families with children, employed people whose low wages do not cover basic living essentials, individuals on social assistance, and Canadians living on a fixed income, including seniors and people with disabilities. The need is greatest in Canada’s north where 47% of children do not know where their next meal is coming from.
Mary, the mother of Jesus, sang a magnificent song when she discovered that she would bear the Messiah. Its why her song has become known as the Magnificat. She describes God in all His majesty, power, love and grace and she humbles herself before Him. This is a young woman who has been completely committed to serving and loving God, and because of her commitment to Him, God has chosen her. So she sings this in Luke 1:53: “He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty.” The kingdom of God turns the principles of this world on their head. If the world was going to plan to send a Messiah, they would have had that child born into a royal family, or at least a wealthy one. Surely the most important human being would come from an important human family. But God sees things differently. He chose a humble, faithful woman to bear the Messiah, from one of the least important tribes among his chosen people. Every Jewish girl longed to be the mother of the Messiah. Important families planned for that to be so. Mary recognizes that these important people would be disappointed, while she, who hungered after God, was the chosen one to be the mother of the Messiah. God always looks on the heart and He chooses those whose hearts are set on Him.
These have been words from the heart.