December 6, 2017
Today's Readings carry a resounding message: God nourishes.
As we look forward to our earthly celebration of Christmas, few passages in Scripture are more appropriate than those about feasts; all three readings today speak of God's banquets and provision for his Children.
"On this mountain the LORD of hosts
will provide for all peoples
A feast of rich food and choice wines,
juicy, rich food and pure, choice wines."
- Isaiah 25
"You spread the table before me
in the sight of my foes;
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows."
- Psalm 23
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...
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."
- Matthew 15
How good is a God that gives us a feast! He gives His wine, a symbol of his love. He gives a banquet, a symbol of his superabundance. He gives His Bread, His only begotten Son who will came down like manna to earth. When you gather together with friends and family to celebrate the Incarnation this Christmas, give thanks to the Lord for his provision.
As a sign of His closeness to us, He blurs the distinction between the most human kind of sustenance - food - and the most divine - His Son, our redeemer. He truly is a Father that gives good gifts to us, His children. He gives us what are our hearts yearn for, and then He gives us what our hearts could have never dreamed: God made flesh, given to us once and for all in the Incarnation and re-given to us every Sunday.
We have a God of such beautiful paradoxes - human and divine, instantaneous and eternal, humble and glorious - and thus He speaks to our human desire for something beyond our reality. His contradictions speak to His Truth.
Praised be Jesus Christ.