Advent Reflection, Wednesday, December 4, 2019

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December 4 – Wednesday

Isaiah 25: 6-10a; Psalm 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6; Matthew 15:29-37

The readings describe a God very consoling and comforting, compassionate and a constant presence. God walks with us. God is active in our lives.

Isaiah defines a God who will wipe away the tears. As we wait for God, perhaps more often we miss the ways God does indeed wipe away our tears. God fills our spirit with peace and courage; God sends others to help us; God promises to walk with us always. Let us recognize the unexpected ways God wipes away tears and rejoice in these gifts.

The Psalm 23 is perhaps the most prayed psalm. The Lord restores my soul. My cup overflows. Which sentence resonates most? Find other sentences that speak to your spirit.

In the Gospel, Jesus, unwilling to send the crowd away hungry, nourishes the people both with words for their spirit and food for their bodies. Today let us count the blessings of food, water, shelter, nature, freedom etc.

Am I a compassionate presence to others? In what ways and how often am I a comforting and consoling presence?

Colette Fahrner, SLW
Chicago, IL