Readings for Wednesday December 1, 2010
First Reading: Isaiah 25:6-10
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 23
Gospel: Matthew 15:29-37
At that time: Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee, went up on the mountain, and sat down there. Great crowds came to him, having with them the lame, the blind, the deformed, the mute, and many others. They placed them at his feet, and he cured them. 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. (Mt. 15:29-31)
Today the prophet Isaiah speaks of the greatness of God and the promise of salvation. He speaks about how God's people will one day rejoice; "Behold our God, to whom we looked to save us! This is the Lord for whom we looked; let us rejoice and be glad that He has saved us!" I am sure that the people who came to Jesus in today's gospel shared this exact same thought. Imagine being given your sight back if you are blind, or being able to walk if once crippled. Not only did Christ cure many that day, but He also spoke and ministered to them and He used a few loafs of bread and some fish to feed all the people! Even still more amazing, after they had all eaten, there was such an abundance left over. These amazing acts truly speak to us about God's mercy and His greatness!
We serve a truly awesome and great God. He is greater than any person and more powerful than any force. And we should always remember that He is with us, and with Him nothing is impossible! Let us all serve the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength and then one day we may be blessed enough to live in the house of the Lord all of our days!
Father above, we thank you for the gift of this day. We praise you for your many blessings that you bestow upon us Lord. God, help us to become better servants for you, increase our faith, hope, and love so that we might be better servants. We pray for all those suffering in the world, and all those seeking you. We ask this all through Christ our Lord. Amen.