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"Feasting with Generosity"

(Wednesday of the First Week of Advent)

Our first reading today from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah is often proclaimed during the funeral liturgy. It is meant to serve as a foreshadowing of the eternal life that is promised to all believers. It is, simply put, an image of heaven. The first 2 verses are particularly moving for me: “on this mountain the Lord of hosts will provide for all peoples…a feast of rich food and choice wines…” We are promised that one day we will feast at the eternal banquet. How are we “feasting” now though?

One of the realities of life in the 21st century is that we can pretty much attain, define, or find the answer to pretty much anything we want in literally the blink of an eye or the click of a mouse. Place an order. Have it delivered. Shop online. Make reservations. You name it. It is very easy to get away from an Advent type of waiting. An Advent, biblical type of waiting is not the same as waiting in line, waiting on some news from someone about something, and it’s certainly not the same as waiting for a package to be delivered. We can track our packages. Advent invites us to track our lives and the spirit in which we are living. What is our posture, if you will, before God, in response to everything with which we’ve been blessed, and, most importantly, toward those who are needy? Our approach to the table of plenty in this life is meant to be one that welcomes others to that table.

FOR REFLECTION: Does the generosity bestowed upon me feed the needs of others?