Wednesday of the First Week of Advent
Readings: Is 25:6-10a, Mt 15:29-37
Both the first and the Gospel reading speak about food. While the reading from the prophet Isaiah speaks of the banquet the Lord is preparing, the Gospel reading from Matthew presents the scene where Jesus multiplies the bread to a large crowd. And Jesus continues to give us the bread to all of us as often as we desire to receive, in the forms of Holy Eucharist and His Word.
He says, “The words I have spoken to yo9u are spirit and life” (Jn 6: 63) and that those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life (Jn 6: 54).
To have eternal life we need both these means. His word, and His flesh and blood which I call as daily manna. The people of Israel needed manna as long as they entered the Promised Land (Jos 5: 12). In our life too we need both these means, as long as we enter the Promised Land – Heaven. Let us not starve ourselves by failing to have recourse to the daily manna.
Prayer: My loving Jesus, feed me every day with Your Manna.