Wednesday of the First Week in Advent
Malvern Minute


Wednesday of the First Week in Advent

December 4, 2019

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Memorial Feast:  Saint John Damascene (C. 675-749) – Patron of Pharmacists

Isaiah 25:6-10a

Psalm 23

Matthew 15:29-37

Today’s Gospel provides a powerful lesson on Jesus’ mission in the world and a glimpse of our own mission.  As Matthew writes, Jesus sat on the mountainside near the Sea of Galilee and crowds of people brought their loved ones to Him.  From all over the area, families and friends carried the people they cared most about to the place where they could be healed – at the feet of Jesus.  Our Lord did not disappoint as he healed many as the astonished crowd gave thanks to God.

But Jesus knew that His message depended on more than His ability to touch weakened bodies with His own hands.  Of course it was important to heal and cure, but the call to His followers went much deeper.  He wanted the disciples to take up His job and begin to care for others as He was doing.  His example was presented to them as he said, “I do not want to send them away hungry, for they may collapse on the way.”  The disciples shrugged and said they couldn’t do much about that.  But because of their own blindness and weakness, they couldn’t see that they needed Jesus to help care for others. 

Friends, we all know what happens next.  Jesus preforms one of His greatest miracles as he feeds the multitude by blessing  seven loaves of bread and a few fish.  The food was distribut4ed and all were satisfied.

I think of all the people of the world who are sick, blind, discouraged, addicted and needing of healing.  But the real work of Jesus is asking us to do is to rely on Him for help in caring for others.  Feeding a crowd in the manner our Lord did is an impossible task for us.  But He invites all of us to lean on Him, rely on Him and to realize that although we can’t get everything done as individuals, we can pray for His loving care and guidance in order to help feed and assist others as we all can find ourselves with a new ability to see.

Question of the Day:  Will you do all that you can to help those who are in need, especially those who are hungry?

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, You have called me.  Let me always be a faithful and brave apostle for You.



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