DAILY MASS READINGS (December 4, 2019)

WEDNESDAY OF THE 1ST WEEK OF ADVENT (CYCLE A, Violet)

Reading 1 (ISAIAH 25:6-10a)

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah

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.
On this mountain he will destroy
the veil that veils all peoples,
The web that is woven over all nations;
he will destroy death forever.
The Lord GOD will wipe away
the tears from all faces;
The reproach of his people he will remove
from the whole earth; for the LORD has spoken.

On that day it will be said:
“Behold our God, to whom we looked to save us!
This is the LORD for whom we looked;
let us rejoice and be glad that he has saved us!”
For the hand of the LORD will rest on this mountain.

– The word of the Lord.


Responsorial Psalm (PSALM 23:1-3A, 3B-4, 5, 6)

R. (6cd) I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
In verdant pastures he gives me repose;
Beside restful waters he leads me;
he refreshes my soul.
R. I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.
He guides me in right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk in the dark valley
I fear no evil; for you are at my side
With your rod and your staff
that give me courage.
R. I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.
You spread the table before me
in the sight of my foes;
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
R. I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.
Only goodness and kindness follow me
all the days of my life;
And I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
for years to come.
R. I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.


Alleluia

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Behold, the Lord comes to save his people;
blessed are those prepared to meet him.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.


Gospel (MATTHEW 15:29-37)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew

At that time:
Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee,
went up on the mountain, and sat down there.
Great crowds came to him,
having with them the lame, the blind, the deformed, the mute,
and many others.
They placed them at his feet, and he cured them.
The crowds were amazed when they saw the mute speaking,
the deformed made whole,
the lame walking,
and the blind able to see,
and they glorified the God of Israel.

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,
for fear they may collapse on the way.”
The disciples said to him,
“Where could we ever get enough bread in this deserted place
to satisfy such a crowd?”
Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?”
“Seven,” they replied, “and a few fish.”
He ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground.
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.

– The Gospel of the Lord.

Reflection: We already know the story of the Feeding of the Five Thousand, wherein Jesus multiplies five loaves and two fish to feed five thousand men people. But in the Gospel (Matthew 15:29-37), this time, the pericope is entitled “Feeding of the Four Thousand,” however the concept is still the same with the other pericope. What changed was the four thousand people, the seven loaves, and the seven baskets of leftovers. The two Gospel passages want to teach us about the spiritual nourishment we can receive everytime we celebrate the Holy Eucharist. No wonder in the First Reading (Isaiah 25:6-10a), the Eucharist is the foretaste of the hevenly banquet wherein we shall receive plentiful and abundant blessings from God here on earth through this spiritual nourishment, the final gift being eternal life with him in Heaven. Advent is a time to commemorate the Third Coming of Jesus Christ, wherein he continues to manifest himself in mystery and in the sacraments, particularly the Sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist. Everytime we participate in this heavenly liturgical banquet, we are being nourished by Christ because the bread and wine are not only symbols, but they also signify his real Body and Blood. This is what we commemorate, his ultimate sacrifice for us, how he saved us all from the bondage of sin. That is why before he left, at the Last Supper, he commanded to remember him through this Sacrament, and to apply it in our daily lives, just like the time he washed the feet of the Apostles. Going back to the Gospel scene, he showed mercy and compassion to the crowds by healing the afflicted, teaching them the Good News of the Kingdom, and allowing them to be fed. As we journey down this Advent road, let us be spiritually nourished by our Lord everytime we participate in the Holy Mass, and show mercy and compassion to others, especially to our own families. This Christmas, let us open our hearts to welcome the Savior into our lives by living in good deeds, and avoiding evil actions.


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