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Sunday, 29 November 2009 14:15

W hat can satisfy the deepest hunger and longing of the human heart? Isaiah prophesied that God would provide a heavenly banquet for all peoples and would destroy death once and for all (Isaiah 2:6-8).  Jesus came to fulfill that promise. Jesus' miracles are both a sign of God’s kingdom and a demonstration of God’s power. They also show the magnitude of God’s mercy.
 
Wednesday of the First Week of Advent
Old Testament Reading : Isaiah 25:6-10
Psalm 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6

M atthew 15:29-37 And Jesus went on from there and passed along the Sea of Galilee . And he went up on the mountain, and sat down there. (30) And great crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, the maimed, the blind, the dumb, and many others, and they put them at his feet, and he healed them, (31) so that the throng wondered, when they saw the dumb speaking, the maimed whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel. (32) Then Jesus called his disciples to him and said, "I have compassion on the crowd, because they have been with me now three days, and have  nothing to eat; and I am unwilling to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way." (33) And the disciples said to him, "Where are we to get bread enough in the desert to feed so great a crowd?" (34) And Jesus said to them, "How many loaves have you?" They said, "Seven, and a few small fish." (35) And commanding the crowd to sit down on the ground, (36) he took the seven loaves and the fish, and having given thanks he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the  crowds. (37) And they all ate and were satisfied; and they took up seven baskets full of the broken pieces left over.

Meditation by Don Schwager

W hat can satisfy the deepest hunger and longing of the human heart? Isaiah prophesied that God would provide a heavenly banquet for all peoples and would destroy death once and for all (Isaiah 2:6-8).  Jesus came to fulfill that promise. Jesus' miracles are both a sign of God’s kingdom and a demonstration of God’s power. They also show the magnitude of God’s mercy.

When the disciples were confronted by Jesus with the task of feeding four thousand people many miles away from any source of food, they exclaimed: Where in this remote place can anyone get enough bread to feed them? The Israelites were confronted with the same dilemma when they fled Egypt and found themselves in a barren wilderness. Like the miraculous provision of manna in the wilderness, Jesus, himself provides bread in abundance for the hungry crowd who came out into the desert to seek him. The gospel records that all were satisfied and they took up what was leftover.

In the multiplication of the loaves and fishes we see a sign and a symbol of what God always does. God knows our needs and he cares. When God gives, he gives in abundance. The gospel account records that the leftovers from the miraculous meal was more than seven times the amount they began with. Seven is a symbol of completion and wholeness. When God gives, he gives until we are satisfied. When God works for his people he gives abundantly – more than we could deserve and more than we need. He nourishes us with his life-giving word and with the bread of heaven. In the kingdom of heaven God will feast us at his banquet table. Are you satisfied with God's provision for you? And do you long with expectant hope for the coming of his kingdom in all its fulness?

Lord, you alone can satisfy the longing and hunger in our hearts. May I thirst for your kingdom and find joy in your presence. Give me the true bread of heaven and nourish me with your life-giving word."
 
 
 
Supplementary Reading
I Do

 

The children of this age marry and remarry . . . – Luke 20:34


 
T oday, my husband and I celebrate our 11th wedding anniversary. To this day, the blessing of being married to this man continues to overwhelm me. I have a husband who is no less than the embodiment of God’s love in my life. Storms have come in our marriage but his love has kept the warmth of God’s fire burning in me.

He has been patient with me. We waited almost nine years for a child. And he has taught me some of the most valuable lessons in life as we waited. He laughs with me. Every day is a joy because I know he is beside me. He supports me, encourages me and never lets me down. He loves me unconditionally.

As his wife, I’ve never felt more valued. My husband, in our 11 years of marriage, has shown me the face of God. And there is no greater blessing I can think of than knowing I will see this face every day for more years to come.

Years ago, he asked me, “Will you walk with me to forever?”

I answered, “Yes, I will.”

And if he were to ask me, “Do you still want to continue doing so?” I will answer him again and again, “I do! I do!” --- Lallaine Gogna
 
REFLECTION:

How strong is your marriage?
 
Lord, bless my marriage and the marriages around me. May Your love abound in us. Amen.
 

  

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PRAY as if everything depended on HIM. ACT as if everything depended on YOU.
 



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1 Tuesday, 01 December 2009 17:15
A MERCIFUL MESSIAH

The need to turn always to the mercy of Our Lord. Meditating on his life so as to learn to be merciful to others.

Large crowds came to him, we read in the Gospel of today’s Mass, bringing the lame, the crippled, the blind, the dumb and many others; these they put down at his feet, and he cured them. The crowds were astonished to hear the dumb speaking, to see the cripples whole again, the lame walking and the blind with their sight restored…

Jesus called his disciples to him and said: I feel sorry for all these people! (Matt 5:7). This is why the heart of Our Lord is so often moved. And in his mercy he was to follow up this episode with the wonderful miracle of the multiplication of the loaves.

The Liturgy has us consider this passage of the Gospel during Advent because an abundance of good things and limitless mercy will be the signs of the coming of the Messiah.

And to learn how to be merciful we must fix our eyes on Jesus, who comes to save that which was lost. He does not come to crush the broken reed or to wholly extinguish the wick that still smoulders (Luke 19:10), but to take upon himself our wretchedness and save us from it, and to share in their misfortune with those who suffer and are in need. Each page of the Gospel is an example of the divine mercy.

We should meditate on the life of Jesus because Jesus is a summary and compendium of the story of the divine mercy… Many other scenes of the Gospel also make a deep impact on us, such as his forgiveness of the woman taken in adultery, the parables - the prodigal son, the lost sheep, the pardoned debtor - and the raising to life of the son of the widow at Naim. How many reasons based on justice could Christ have found to work as great a wonder as this last one! The only son of that poor widow had died - he who gave meaning to her life, he who would help her in her old age. Jesus did not perform His miracle out of justice, but out of compassion, because his heart was moved by the spectacle of human suffering (J. Escrivá, Christ is passing by, 7). Yes, Jesus is moved to the heart by human suffering!

God is mercy. And this divine attribute is like the engine supplying the power that energizes the life-story of every human being. When the apostles wanted to sum up God’s revelation, his mercy always appeared to them to be the essence of an eternal and gratuitous plan springing from God’s generosity. With good reason could the Psalmist affirm: the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord (Ps 33:5). Mercy is constant in God’s attitude to mankind. And recourse to it is the universal remedy for all our ills, including those for which we thought there was no answer.

With permission from Scepter UK. Short excerpt from IN CONVERSATION WITH GOD by Francis Fernandez. Available at SinagTala or Totus Bookstore 723-4326 or at www.totusbookstore.com ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

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