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Wednesday, First Week of Advent

December 6, 2006

Blessed St. Nicholas’ day! (look for his story in the “saints of Advent” category)

Isaiah 25:6-10 (God will provide a feast and destroy death)
Psalm 23:1-6 “I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life”
+Mathew 15:29-37 (Jesus heals and feeds a multitude)

Our God comes to save us, to heal us, and to satisfy us by uniting us with Himself.

Isaiah points to a day when God will spread a lavish feast of juicy, rich food and pure choice wines for us on His mountain; when He will wipe away the tears from all faces. The Psalm expands on how He will guide us, free us from fear and bring us to live in His own house.

Matthew describes the fulfillment of those promises, as Jesus heals and then feeds the vast multitude who have come to Him on the mountain. Like everything Jesus did, this physical healing and feeding point to something deeper; to the healing and nourishing of our souls that He provides in abundance at every Mass. When we climb the mountain of the Lord, coming to His holy sanctuary, He satisfies our hungry hearts with the true Bread come down from Heaven, with His very Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity (see John 6:33-35). He fills us with the fullness of God Himself (see Ephesians 3:19). When we eat this living Bread, we have eternal life (John 6:51), united with the God Who made us for Himself.

“You have formed us for Yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they find rest in You.” -St. Augustine,

The beginning of every Mass is like a “little Advent”, as we await a new coming of the Child of Bethlehem upon the altar at the Consecration. We watch as God spreads a rich feast for us that will satisfy our deepest longings and heal our deepest wounds.

May we prepare as eagerly and attentively for His coming in every Mass as we do in this season of preparation for His coming at Christmas.

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