Daily Reflection for Wednesday, December 01, 2021
Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,
We encourage you to reflect on Wednesday’s readings at this link:
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Isaiah 25: 6-10a
Responsorial: Psalm 23: 1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6
Gospel: Matthew 15: 29-37
Our reflection on Wednesday’s readings:
“On this mountain the Lord of hosts will provide for all peoples.” Isaiah: 25: 6.
In the Bible, mountains illustrate a religious significance of being closer to God and it’s easy to see why. The landscape where our salvation story took place was dotted with mountains and hills, and it was on the mountain that God made himself known to the Jewish people in both the Old and New Testaments.
In the Old Testament, Moses received the commandments on Mount Sinai, David established the City of David on Mount Zion, and Abraham and Isaac walked up Mount Moriah to prepare for the sacrifice that took place. These are just a few of the significant events recorded in the Bible. So, it does not surprise me to hear Isaiah say that on Mount Zion the “Lord of Hosts will provide for all people.” He is talking to the Jewish people about how God will save them from the Moabites but is also directing their vision towards Jesus and how he will save the people for all time on that same mountain.
When I turned to today’s Gospel reading, I found Jesus on a mountain healing the sick and feeding the weary. He was doing what Isaiah told the people of his time that God would do. Jesus came to heal and feed but for all eternity and in all places. His mission did not stop on the mountain that day. After Jesus was crucified and resurrected, he ascended into Heaven, giving us Eucharist and the Holy Spirit. He intended for us to grow together into a community, a church, that heals and feeds through the sacraments and through the actions of its members.
Even if your landscape doesn’t have mountains, it has Catholic churches with altars, and it is here where we meet Jesus every week. The altar symbolizes God’s presence, specifically Jesus’ sacrifice. What Jesus did on the mountain in the Gospel is available to us daily and on Sundays. As we walk forward, we carry our brokenness and are healed. When we receive Jesus, we are fed with eternal life. It shouldn’t stop there. We, in turn, are called to leave the altar to heal and feed others.
How does meeting Jesus at the altar help you heal and feed those around you? Try looking at the smallest moments in your life as opportunities and places to begin.
Blessings for the journey!