Posted by: livingscripture | December 3, 2014

First Wednesday of Advent

From the Word of the Day

“My heart is moved with pity for the crowd.”

 (Mt 15:32)         

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This phrase can be the key to understanding the incarnation, the coming of God into the world.  Face to face with a hungry crowd oppressed by poverty, the Lord’s heart is not indifferent but intervenes.  He takes care of the people and works an abundant miracle, with seven baskets of bread remaining.  With this banquet, He calls the people to form one large family nourished by the bread that is broken and blessed, almost like an anticipation of the Eucharist.

Today, above all in this time of Advent, do we pay attention to God’s call, recognizing His interventions of mercy and love in our life?  Do we try to help those who are suffering, aware of their cry, sharing their suffering, and as far as possible, courageously and concretely intervening?  Jesus in the Eucharist gives us the strength and is the source to fully satisfy our hunger for love and for the infinite.

Let us follow the example of St. Francis Xavier, the great missionary we remember today.  He transmitted and gave to others what he had received.  He imitated the disciples who distributed to the crowd the bread and fish Jesus had given them.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will not remain indifferent to the suffering around me and I will try to help wherever and however I can.

O Lord, open my eyes so that I may recognize Your mercy toward me and know how to dry the tears of all those who are suffering.  Do not allow me to consider those who suffer as numbers or worse yet, as enemies, problems, or threats to my wealth and apparent happiness. 

The voice of Fedor Dostoevsky, Russian Author

Compassion is the most important and perhaps the only law of life for all humanity.

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