Date: Tuesday, September 3
Scripture: Luke 1:46-55
Verse: He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. (Luke 1:52-53)
I heard a story recently about a veteran with cancer, who is having trouble getting the treatment he needs because he has to travel quite far to a VA hospital because of his financial need. That just doesn’t seem fair. Maybe for you it is hearing a story about a child in an abusive situation. The child being born to that family just doesn’t seem fair. Or maybe it is the stories we see of those in other nations suffering without food because of a drought. It is no fault of their own, it just doesn’t seem fair. Sometimes, things in the world just stink.
Today’s scripture is The Magnificat, the song Mary sings as she realizes who her baby will be (yes, this is a Christmas passage in the first days of September). Mary is foretelling a day to come, the day her child will usher in, when God will reign fully on earth. Don’t be fooled by the past tense. Mary uses that as a literary device to say, this is so sure it is like it has already happened.
Mary’s song talks about how God’s kingdom will turn the way the world currently works upside down. Kings will be brought down and the oppressed with be lifted. The hungry will have enough, and those with more than enough will have far less. God’s kingdom is far different from the kingdoms we see at work today.
When Jesus prays, “Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10), he is praying for the day about which his mother sings. He also reminds us it can be right here among us, as we choose to live in God’s Kingdom rather than the kingdoms of this world.
Prayer: Break my heart, oh God, with what breaks yours. Amen.
Action: Find a specific way you can live out God’s kingdom today.
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