December 5 – Wednesday

Wednesday of the First Week of Advent

Gospel: MT 15:29-37

 

Reflection:

Jesus is the focal point of history and of all human aspirations. He simply gives to each what he or she needs: to the blind, sight; to the mute, the gift of speech; to the deaf, hearing.

 

They Have Nothing to Eat. Jesus’ heart is moved with compassion for all those who have sought him out. He knows the sacrifices that they have made in searching him out, and he is not going to leave them disappointed.

 

 The Bread of Life: The miracle that Jesus works in multiplying the loaves is a prelude to an even greater miracle he plans to bring about. Jesus knows the longings of our hearts, and he knows that material food has its limits, even when it is abundant.

 

St Augustine states, “You made us for yourself, Oh Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”

 How can we not trust that Jesus will always provide for what we truly need, after his lowering himself to appear as bread so that we can feed on him and be satisfied?

 

Prayer: (all together)

Lord Jesus, I now turn confidently to you. You are always watching over me and protecting me, whether I’m mindful of you or not. Thank you. I love you, and I’m grateful for these moments to refresh myself in your presence. Amen