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Wednesday of the 1st Week of Advent Download This Homily

December 5, 2018

 Wednesday of the 1st Week of Advent

 

Isaiah 25:6-10 ;

Psalm 23:1-6;

Gospel MT 15:29-37


At that time: Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee, went up on the mountain, and sat down there. Great crowds came to him, having with them the lame, the blind, the deformed, the mute, and many others.  They placed them at his feet, and he cured them. The crowds were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the deformed made whole, the lame walking, and the blind able to see, and they glorified the God of Israel.

Jesus summoned his disciples and said, "My heart is moved with pity for the crowd, for they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat.  I do not want to send them away hungry, for fear they may collapse on the way." The disciples said to him, "Where could we ever get enough bread in this deserted place to satisfy such a crowd?" Jesus said to them, "How many loaves do you have?"  "Seven," they replied, " and a few fish." He ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground. Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, gave thanks, broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds. They all ate and were satisfied. They picked up the fragments left over–seven baskets full.

 

Invited to the Feast

 

This is the Lord; we had waited for him; Let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation. The Messianic arrival is indeed a matter of great hope and joy. Those who are in the shadow of sin and mourning for it, now they will be comforted. The veil of evil spread over the nations which kept all in darkness will now be removed by the Messiah. The light of his salvific message is shining in the world and the power of his Spirit will open the eyes of all to receive it. He will raise those to spiritual life who were long dead in trespasses and sins. The Messiah will himself, in his resurrection, triumph over death. Grief shall be banished; there shall be perfect and endless joy. Those that mourn for sin shall be comforted. God shall wipe away all tears. The feast prepared by the Lord of hosts also points to the kind of reception the repentant sinners receive in the New Testament. All are invited to this grand reception, whether rich or poor, the Jew or Gentile, sinner or just, all are invited to the feast.


Ps. 23 presents in a moving and dramatic way the true nature of the Messiah: he is the Good Shepherd. In these words, the believer is taught to express his satisfaction in the care of the great Pastor of the universe, the Redeemer and Preserver of men. With joy he reflects that he has a shepherd, and that shepherd is God. A flock of sheep, gentle and harmless, feeding in green pastures, under the care of a skilful, watchful, and tender shepherd, forms an emblem of the messianic times. The Lord gives quiet and contentment in the mind. We are blessed with the green pastures and we shall abide in them. Those who walk in the paths of righteousness can drink from streams which flow from the Fountain of living waters. The way of duty is the truly pleasant way. The work of righteousness is peace. In these paths we cannot walk, unless God lead us into them, and lead us on in them. Let us then simply trust our Shepherd’s care, and listen to his voice. The Lord’s people feast at his table, upon the provisions of his love. The goodness and mercy of God will follow them all the days of their lives, if it is their desire and determination, to seek their happiness in the service of God here, and to enjoy his love for ever in heaven.


The image of the Messiah presented by Isaiah and Psalmist finds its climax in the Good News we listened from Matthew. Whatever our case is, the only way to find peace and consolation is to lay it at Christ’s feet, to submit it to him, and follow his path. Sin has subjected the human person to various diseases and deformities. But now they are subject to the command of Christ. The spiritual cures that Christ works are wonderful. When blind souls are made to see by faith, the dumb to speak in prayer, the maimed and the lame to walk in holy obedience, it is to be wondered at. His power was also shown to the multitude, in the plentiful provision he made for them. All did eat, and were filled. Those whom Christ feeds, he fills. With Christ there is bread enough, and to spare; supplies of grace far more than we seek. This is the Saviour for whose arrival we are preparing ourselves. Let the Messiah, the Good Shepherd, who invited us today to this Eucharistic Feast also make us worthy to partake at his table in the Kingdom of God.


Dr. Wilson Edattukaran CMI


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