(Continuation from Dec 15)
Reading: Luke 1:46-55
"God satisfies the hungry with good things
and sends away the rich empty-handed"
Let us continue to meditate how we can make
Christmas celebrations meaningful
Remember the poor!
Christmas cards depicting the manger scene are the most
popular. It would have been easier than the easiest for the Father God
to arrange a comfortable home for His Son to be born. But God
wanted to show the world from the very first chapter of Christ's life that
He was the God of the poor and have-nots. When the imprisoned
John the Baptist was confused about the Messiahship of Jesus, the
surest identification Jesus showed John's disciples was, "The poor have
the Gospel preached to them!" (Mt 11:2-5).
A Christmas celebration which keeps the poor out or on the
orbit is meaningless before God. There are millions in India who
are homeless, foodless and clotheless. What we do to them is counted
as being done to Jesus (Mt 25:34-40). When the rich man in hell
was tortured by the most unpleasant surprise ever, Abraham's
explanation from Heaven was, "Son, remember that in your lifetime you
received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he
is comforted and you are tormented" (Lk 16:25). When
Zacchaeus volunteered to give away half of his wealth to the poor, Jesus
assured him salvation and sonship (Lk 19:8,9).
Jesus chose not only a humble place but also a poor family for
His birth. His mother, not being able to bring even a lamb, brought just
a pair of pigeons to offer as sacrifice! (Lk 2:23,24; Lev 12:2,8).
Finally she let her son Himself to be sacrificed as a lamb! What shall
we sacrifice this Season to bring smile to the poor? Did not Jesus
become poor to make us rich? (2 Cor 8:9).
Dutifully throwing a few extra slices of bread to beggars
on Christmas day or visiting prisoners and invalids with sweets
during the Season is not enough. Can we leave the poor unfed and
the prisoners unvisited for the next eleven months? Let the spirit
of Christmas continue. Let us allot a reasonable amount of money
for the poor. Poor widows, the disabled, orphans and
those who live on the streets are also dear to God. Wiping
their tears will make our Lord happy. The heartcry of Dr.
Bob Pierce, the Founder of World Vision, is, "Let my
heart be broken with the things that break the heart of
God!" May this be ours too!
who give generously and regularly to the poor
enjoy a daily Christmas!