Praying the Magnificat 8
Luke 1: 53 “He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty.”
Mary lived at a time when because of the Herodians taxing heavily the Jews for the building of their lavish palaces and homes for the gentry, hunger was very familiar to most.
Today there are people who stiff suffer at the hands of their governments and broken infrastructures. Even here in the UK there are families who are trying to survive with little food. Of course that doesn’t compare to the many famines that have happened and are still going on around the world. Fuelled by war, corruption, ideologies and apathy from the rest, many are hungry today.
But Mary also lived during a time when the Jews were hungry for God to once again step in and end the suffering of His people which historically was seen to have been caused by their wandering from Him.
Psalm 107: 4-9 “Some wandered in desert wastelands, finding no way to a city where they could settle. They were hungry and thirsty, and their lives ebbed away. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He led them by a straight way to a city where they could settle. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.”
Was Mary in fact quoting this Psalm? Probably.
Jesus certainly had Scripture in mind when he gave the beatitude, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled”
The Church needs to find its hunger point again.
We do not have everything. We cannot by our own efforts see Church growth and effectiveness. We boast and advertise our riches but it all comes to nothing. We need God to enter. We need to be able to say, “He has filled.” So …
Are you hungry?
Do you have an insatiable longing that can only be satisfied by God?
Is there a strong desire for more?
Are you pouring out your soul?
It is better to be hungry than not needing a thing.
So let’s hunger for Him today.
God of the hungry, filler of good things, here I am.
I have nothing to give to you except my appetite for you.
I need you.
It is your face I seek, not what is in your hand.
Come to me.
I want to host your presence.