During this holy season of Advent in preparation for The Lord’s coming to us once again this Christmas, it is good to pay close attention to the scriptural readings that accompany our journey. For example, in today’s readings we find Jesus healing the cripples, the deformed, the blind, the mute and many others. Then He is concerned about their lack of food and that they might collapse on their way home. So what does He do: “How many loaves of bread do you have? Seven, they replied, and a few small fish. Then He directed the crowd to seat themselves on the ground. He took the seven loaves and the fish, and after giving thanks He broke them and gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds. All ate until they were full. When they gathered up the fragments left over, these filled seven hampers. The people who were fed numbered four thousand.” [Matthew 15:29-38]
For me, the message here is simple: Give generously of what I have, help others and trust that God will provide. Even though simple, many times I feel depleted, broken and need of help myself. Yet, by experience, I have learned that at this very time of brokenness is when The Lord is most present. All I have to do is have faith in Him and trust Him totally. With this openness, it is surprising even to me of what I can do to help others. Make myself available is the prescription that I must follow.
We all know of someone today who needs – needs a willing hand, needs a kind word, needs companionship. Will I help?
Come Lord Jesus into my heart today and fill me with Your compassion and Your love.
Br. Richard Hittle, S.J.