Tuesday, December 03, 2019

 

WEDNESDAY, 1st Week of Advent

December 4, 2019 – WEDNESDAY, 1st Week of Advent
St. John of Damascus
Priest and Doctor of the Church
Violet.

Is 25: 6 – 10a / Mt 15: 29 – 37

St. John of Damascus (675 – 749), a defender of the use of images in religious worship, is considered the last Father of the Church.

FROM THE 1ST READING: Is 25: 6, 8b
On this mountain Yahweh Sabaoth will prepare for all peoples a feast of rich food and choice wines, meat full of marrow, fine wine strained he
will take away the humiliation of his people all over the world.

FROM THE GOSPEL READING: Mt 15: 31 – 37
All were astonished when they saw the dumb speaking, the lame walking, the crippled healed and the blind able to see; so they glorified the God of Israel.

Jesus called his disciples and said to them, "I am filled with compassion for these people; they have already followed me for three days and now have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away fasting or they may faint on the way. His disciples said to him, "And where shall we find enough bread in this wilderness to feed such a crowd?" Jesus said to them, "How many loaves do you have?" They answered, "Seven, and a few small fish."

So Jesus ordered the people to sit on the ground. Then he took the seven loaves and the small fish, and gave thanks to God. He broke them and gave them to his disciples, who distributed them to the people.

They all ate and were satisfied and the leftover broken pieces filled seven wicker baskets. Four thousand men had eaten, besides women and children. Then Jesus sent away the crowd, got into the boat and went to Magdala.

REFLECTION
In the readings today the good God provides for his people. In the first reading Isaiah speaks of God providing "feasts of rich food and choice wines, meat full of marrow, fine wine strained" for his people.

In the Gospel reading we have a second version or another miraculous feeding of bread and fish by Jesus for the thousands of people who had come to listen to him. Interesting that Isaiah spoke of feeding people on the mountain while Matthew specifies that the feeding was done on the hills.

By feeding the people on the mountain Yahweh restores the broken fortunes of his people who had been sent into humiliating exile from Jerusalem. Jesus fed the multitudes, four thousand excluding women and children because he had compassion for them; "they have already followed me for three days and now have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away fasting or they may faint on the way."

God's feeding the people shows his concern for them and for us. This is how he takes care of us in our lives.

FINALLY, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.

FINALLY, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.


Have a good day!

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