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Filling the Hungry With Good Things: December's Bread for the Preacher

Woman_prayingDid you know that each month the church relations department at Bread for the World produces a resource specifically for pastors? Whether you are searching for inspiration for a sermon you're writing, or just a lectionary enthusiast, Bread for the Preacher is for you.

After reading this introduction, explore this month’s readings on the Bread for the Preacher web page, where you can also sign up to have the resource emailed to you each month.

By Rev. Gary Cook

On the third Sunday of Advent (Dec. 15), the Gospel lesson is Mary's song of praise to the God who "has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty." My Advent prayer is that our nation's policies will reflect the same priorities and that Congress will not be voting that week to further cut food stamp benefits for families struggling to feed their children.

Pope Francis will help launch a call for the whole world to pray on the preceding Tuesday, Dec. 10, for an end to hunger. He is supporting Caritas Internationalis in asking people to pray at noon local time in what will become a global "wave of prayer" across time zones. I hope you will encourage your members to join Pope Francis in this prayer (see the text of the prayer here). Please put the date on your calendar now. (Some churches are planning to include prayers related to the Dec. 10 day of prayer in their services on the preceding Sunday, Dec. 8.) As the day approaches, you will find prayer resources from various Christian traditions at www.bread.org.

As you pray — and as you preach this Advent — remember the ones whom Mary knew God would not forget. May the hungry be filled with good things.

Rev. Gary Cook is director of church relations at Bread for the World.


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