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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: December 5, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

While we prepare our hearts for our Lord’s second coming, let us reflect on how through His great love for us He has never left us!

For while He sits on His Holy mountain in the highest heavens He is present to us in the Blessed Sacrament, the most Holy Eucharist. He is present to us in our Advent reflections, prayer meetings. He is present to us in the Sacrament of reconciliation and all Holy sacraments of the Church. To this very day He brings healing to the sick and restores the crippled and blind; physically and spiritually.

Do we then possess that loving humility of our Lord Jesus Christ? Who came to die for us. He who never tires of lending a listening ear. Of tending to the sick and distraught. Who had the heart for His people and worried for their will being, spoke up for them and then put His plans into action to care for them.

What are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them? (ps8:4) We are grateful Lord, we are eternally grateful. Amen

First reading

Isaiah 25:6-10
The Lord will prepare a banquet for every nation

On this mountain,
the Lord of hosts will prepare for all peoples
a banquet of rich food, a banquet of fine wines,
of food rich and juicy, of fine strained wines.
On this mountain he will remove the mourning veil covering all peoples,
and the shroud enwrapping all nations, he will destroy Death for ever.
The Lord will wipe away
the tears from every cheek;
he will take away his people’s shame everywhere on earth,
for the Lord has said so.
That day, it will be said: See, this is our God in whom we hoped for salvation; the Lord is the one in whom we hoped.
We exult and we rejoice
that he has saved us; for the hand of the Lord rests on this mountain.

Gospel

Matthew 15:29-37
The crowds praised the God of Israel

Jesus reached the shores of the Sea of Galilee, and he went up into the hills. He sat there, and large crowds came to him 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 see the dumb speaking, the cripples whole again, the lame walking and the blind with their sight, and they praised the God of Israel.
But Jesus called his disciples to him and said, ‘I feel sorry for all these people; they have been with me for three days now and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them off hungry, they might collapse on the way.’ The disciples said to him, ‘Where could we get enough bread in this deserted place to feed such a crowd?’ Jesus said to them, ‘How many loaves have you?’ ‘Seven’ they said ‘and a few small fish.’ Then he instructed the crowd to sit down on the ground, and he took the seven loaves and the fish, and he gave thanks and broke them and handed them to the disciples, who gave them to the crowds. They all ate as much as they wanted, and they collected what was left of the scraps, seven baskets full.