Reflections on the Hunger Games

REFLECTIONS FROM THE HUNGER GAMES AND THE GOSPEL–AN ADVENT RETREAT–First Sunday In Advent-November 29, 2015

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3

The story of the Hunger Games is our story. Around me I see wealth, and when you look closely you see thousands sleeping on the street, not having food, going without; along the coast and in the backwoods of the Peninsular there are thousands sleeping in their cars and in tents. They are pushed aside, mistreated, ignored. It is this way across our country.  In the Hunger Games all money and all power goe to Panem-the capitol, and Katniss lives in District 12, “where you can starve to death in safety.”

Those of us who call ourselves Christian will not look at the poverty in our midst, we will not lift our voices or our hands to fight to bring it to light for fear we will lose what we have. We often find that our sports events,take so much attention similar to the Roman circuses– a means of distracting people from reality. The money spent on the stadiums could provide for so many. We complain when we have to raise minimum wage, which is not nearly enough to live on, our consumptive practices are destroying people. Our consumerist lifestyle comes at a price, and it is the poor in spirit around the world who are paying it. They are the ones sacrificing to provide us bread, but we are the one’s distracted by our circuses so much so that we do not care about the suffering.. We are culture and , appearance obsessed. 

The Kingdom of God is about working for a equal world, where no one goes hungry, no one is without. Jesus calls us to another way of living–selflessly, and not fighting among ourselves, but for the welfare of everyone.  It is a subversive way. And during Advent we will explore what it means to live in a counter-cultural manner, to be subversive. We will look at our selves straight in the eyes and call ourselves to accountability.  I invite each and everyone of you to join me in this journey. I invite each one of you to each day when you see a person on a street corner, in an alley, at your doorway who is homeless–to invite them to a meal, to sit down, and to talk with them; I invite you each day to fast at least one meal a day and to share that money with someone who is homeless.

Read the first volume of The Hunger Games or watch the movie–look at the comparisons of our societies–they are present–for our literature reflects the truth of our times. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Read the Gospels for the next three days:

Sunday: Luke 21:25-36

Monday: Matt. 4:18-22

Tuesday: Luke 10:21-24

Wednesday: Matthew 15:28-37

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