December 3, 2014 Isaiah 25:16-10a; Matthew 15:21, 29-37

Reflection by Sister M. Albertine Stachowski, cssf

thWe all know how essential food is to our daily life.

Both readings today speak about an abundance that comes from God in the form of plentiful and nourishing food.

In the first reading … Isaiah speaks of the expected heavenly banquet … the time when the Lord will make a feast of rich food and finest drink for His people.

In the Gospel … Jesus fulfills Isaiah’s prophesy … Jesus multiplies a little and transforms it into an abundance for all who are following Him.

These two readings flow into each other … Isaiah foretells the banquet of everlasting life … and Jesus gives the crowd … and us … the Bread of Life.

In the Eucharist that we receive … we recognize this food from heaven … the Body and Blood of Jesus … given to us as nourishment for our daily living.

May we faithfully receive the Eucharist … and live and be strengthened by this nourishment.

Like the crowd in the Gospel … may we know the abundance and be satisfied.

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