Wednesday of the First Week of Advent
"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..." .
In the gospel today, we see Jesus showing His compassion and love for those who sought Him by making sure that they were not only healed and made whole but that they all go home filled and physically strong. The apostles did not have the slightest idea of how to address the situation. Yet, in this miracle, Jesus does not produce food out of nowhere. He takes the little that the apostles had and multiplies it a thousand-fold.
This means that no matter how little I think I have to give, once I freely place my gifts at Jesus’ service, they become limitless. Clearly, there is never a limit to Jesus' generosity. Jesus understands our needs and cares about us! He gives more than we need and could deserve. But, He also challenges us to use what we have to enrich the lives of others. Jesus feels compassion. Is there compassion in me when facing the problems of humanity? Do I do something about them? The disciples expected the solution to come from outside. Jesus thought differently. Where do I look for solutions?
At every Mass, Jesus comes to us whole and entire, filled with the same compassion and power to heal and feed us. As we begin this Advent season, anticipating with great hope the coming of the Prince of Peace, let us today and always come to the banquet of the Lord eager for Him to wipe our tears and to heal us body and soul so that we may be able to see the needs of the world around us.
Sister Maria Elizabeth Nakku, IHMR
Graduate Student, SoE.