A reflection for the Wednesday of the First Week of Advent

6 December 2023
A stained-glass window depicting the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, Colorado. Image: Thomas Hawk/Flickr.


Wednesday of the First Week of Advent, Year B

Readings: Isaiah 25:6-10; Psalm 22(23); Matthew 15:29-37

6 December 2023


“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” – Matthew 15:31


In today’s Gospel, Jesus multiplies the loaves and the fishes. There is no better exemplification in the Scriptures of what I have called the loop of grace. God offers, as a sheer grace, the gift of being, but if we try to cling to that gift and make it our own, we lose it.  

The constant command of the Bible is this: what you have received as a gift, give as a gift—and you will find the original gift multiplied and enhanced. One realises this truth when one enters willingly into the loop of grace, giving away that which one is receiving.  

The hungry people who gather around Jesus in this scene are symbolic of the hungry human race, starving, from the time of Adam and Eve, for what will satisfy. We have tried to fill up the emptiness with wealth, pleasure, power, honour, the sheer love of domination—but none of it works, precisely because we have all been wired for God and God is nothing but love. 

Pray for the strength to live our lives with complete honesty. 

With thanks to Holy Name of Mary Parish, Hunters Hill, who have supplied these daily Advent and Christmas 2022 reflections from their publication Daily Inspirations of Faith: A Season of Prayer – Advent to Epiphany 2023-2024


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