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Advent, Day 22

Today is the fourth Sunday in Advent and today we hear the story of Mary's encounter with Elizabeth.  Right after she is with Elizabeth, Mary sings the Magnificat.  This is a reflection on the Magnificat by Sara Miles, an author and activist who works in San Francisco as the director of The Food Pantry where she works for justice and feeds the hungry.

A Hunger Beyond Food
(inspired by Luke 1:47-55)

“He has filled the hungry with good thing sand sent the rich away with empty hands.” Luke 1:53

At the heart of Christianity
is a power that continues to speak to
and transform us.
As I found to my surprise and alarm,
it could speak even to me:
not in the sappy, Jesus-and-cookies tone
of mild-mannered liberal Christianity,
or the blustering, blaming hellfire
of the religious right.
What I heard, and continue to hear,
is a voice that can crackreligious and political convictions open,
that advocates for the least qualified,
least official, least likely;
that upsets the established order
and makes a joke of certainty.
It proclaims against reason
that the hungry will be fed,
that those cast down will be raised up,
and that all things,
including my own failures,
are being made new.
It offers food without exception
to the worthy and unworthy,
the screwed-up and pious,
and then commands everyone to do the same.
~ excerpted from Sara Miles in A Hunger Beyond Food.

May you hear God's call to justice for all, and for mercy that extends even to us this day.
Peace,
Laurie

Posted by Laurie Weicher at 7:00 AM
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