Sometimes I get frustrated reading hunger statistics. So much of the information comes in particular metrics which seem restrictive to the big picture.
It's not a bad thing. And the sorts of policy solutions and development strategy yielded by looking at hunger in terms of demographics and economic resources certainly have a necessary function.
Hunger across the state, rooted to the nation, and spanning the globe will never be as small a problem as access. I don't think anyone believes that it is.
Hunger is a result of the Fall.
There has to be a bigger problem than an economic disconnect. The problem is a society where people are content that others do not have enough food to be healthy. Hunger is a product of broken relationships where it is okay to stay removed enough for comfort and simply throw scraps to the least of these.
The world needs reconciliation. Renewed relationship with God is the only form of justice permanent enough to combat the brokenness.
This week marks the 35th anniversary of the time gunmen killed Archbishop Oscar Romero while he was celebrating Mass in the chapel of a cancer hospital. He was murdered for speaking against a government regime which killed civilians.
He challenged a system of injustice and suffered for it.
"He who wants to save his life will lose it," Romero said in a sermon the week he was shot. "But the person who gives his life to the service of others will be like the grain of wheat which falls to the ground and dies [...but its a seed and] a new harvest is made."
The Apostle Luke began Jesus' story describing a moment between the angel Gabriel and Elizabeth, the elderly wife of a priest in Judea.
Unlikely as it seemed, Elizabeth was months into her pregnancy when Mary learned she would mother Jesus. Unlikelier still, is the way God entrusted humanity's reconciliation with himself, to the likes of ordinary people and that has not changed.
Elizabeth bore the prophet who reminds us to repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand, and Mary's son proves the point.
Hunger is a complex issue and for all the intricacy the injustice is born of, it is self-perpetuating. The love of Christ will stop it in its tracks as his followers bear it to term.
The Christian Life Commission supports Christ's followers who intentionally restore relationships with their communities by feeding people who are hungry. One-hundred percent of the contributions to the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering go to the work of reconciliation to stock food pantries, plant community gardens and stuff backpacks with a few days worth of food for children who leave school for a hungry weekend at home.
This Sunday is a Fifth Sunday. On Fifth Sunday's the CLC is encouraging people to make a designated gift to the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering.
Pray about who God entrusts you with. Pray about being a part.
To a new harvest.