REALITY CHECK THIS CHRISTMAS !!
Reflecting on the response of Mary , the Magnificat , is a most timely /
Mary comes from a poor family , though not downtrodden, she is not a person of plenty. Joseph had a donkey so he did have some basic transportation. Mary had a sense for what is was to not have much and so she rejoices to know that she is one chosen by God.
There is that beautiful song - Mary did u know? - Maybe Mary just had an idea of what an
important person she was going to be - and joy filled her heart. Did she need to win a lottery? No! Her happiness did not depend on material riches. Some people made riches their reason for Christmas and now that the economy is down, they are worried. No need to be worried!! The happiness we are going to find at Christmas is not based on how much we spend either. Let’s do the Reality Check !! What are the things in life that really matter ! It’s Love, it’s the relationships and friendships that we have. A nice porch is only good when there a few people there to make it warm and lively.
In Isaiah 58, God calls us to “remove the yoke “ from the backs of the poor. The world tells us to do otherwise, it says that when you get a person to take advantage of, then ride them!! Mary said the God “fills the hungry “ but sends the rich away empty handed. If we can be generous to those in need, then God will surely be generous to us. If we can only get a small fraction of God’s generosity and blessings this Christmas, that would be so good.
The times in which we live may be testing, but we can still make it memorable and happy if we can lift someone’s burden and share with an open and loving heart. God bless You all.
With best wishes,Rev. Kendrick Sooknarine, Minister