Wednesday of the 1st Week of Advent

Matt 15:29-37

The Healing of Many People


“Give me five, man!”

Remember this famous greeting in the 70s and the 80s? I think this was what Jesus told his disciples when he asked them to give him the five loaves of bread and proceeded to multiply these enough to feed 4,000 people and more. The point is that if the disciples did not part with their five, there would have been no multiplication.

We must learn to be generous so that we can be blessed. We must learn to let go and to let God. Yes, we must learn to share. We must learn to subtract first before we can multiply. (Fr. Jerry Orbos, SVD Bible Diary 2002)


Called by the mother to take his place at the dinner table, a 10-year old son hurriedly sat down, grabbed his share of the food and began eating clumsily. Irritated by the child’s table manners, the mother reacted: “That is not the way to eat! Eating should be like praying because the food are signs that God still comes to us with his goodness and love.”

In these of fast food, fast tracking, fast pace of modern technology, it is very seldom that we are able to take some moments of reflection. Before we are eaten up by the swift tide of modern life. Advent invites us to see the daily coming of the Lord into our lives. He who is to come into the world already comes to us in often unrecognized ways. Advent, a preparation for the coming of the Lord, can also be celebrated each day with the eyes of faith and loving heart. Have we ever wondered that we still wake up and rise from bed each day? Aren’t we surprised that there is always food on the table whereas many do not even have a table or food to place on their tables? In times of difficulties, are we not puzzled that we still come in one piece, perhaps down-hearted but still alive to enjoy another day? Today’s reading from Isaiah prophecies on the bounty of the Lord who provides for his people. The miracle of the multiplication of the seven loaves and few small fish tells us that the Lord always does something to satisfy his followers.

Advent is a time of waiting for the Lord’s second coming. What would be a better way to prepare for that second coming than by reflecting and recognizing his daily coming to us from the graces we receive from him? We can only recognize the Lord when we train our eyes of faith to see him each day in the ordinariness of our human lives. (Fr. Fred Saniel, SVD Bible Diary 2004)


If you were to be welcomed by Jesus at the pearly gates of heaven, what would you have Him say to you? This was a question in one catechism class that I and my students had to ponder on.

One student blurted out, “I would like Him to say, ‘Mike, how was your trip to heaven?”

“It’s really nice to be remembered by your name.”

Another chipped in, “Edwin, here’s the key to your heavenly mansion.” “That’s the perfect welcome for me.”

But one that really brought the students laughing their hearts out was the answer volunteered by Ike, the class clown and self-proclaimed “merienda master.” He says, “The best welcome for me would always be, ‘Kumain ka na ba?’” (Have you eaten?).

Curiously, these kids may have within their innocent and humorous spontaneity the key to what our gospel passage is offering us today. When Jesus comes to meet us, He meets us knowing each and every bit of our joys and sorrow, our triumphs and ailments, our shortcomings and our deepest needs. For every bit of hunger that we feel, for every ache of abandonment that we suffer, for every wound that has bruised our bodies, no matter how small they may seem, Jesus would know and would attend to all these. Nothing is so small, nothing is insignificant for Him.

Jesus read the gospel for today, while the disciples were too busy attending to the “really BIG chores,” Jesus was sensitive enough to be able to say, “Kumain na ba sila?” (Frt. Anthonny Ynzon, SVD Bible Diary 2006)


In the gospel, Jesus took the first step. His compassion compelled Him to feed the people even before they asked. He couldn’t allow them to go hungry. In Jesus’ healing of the sick, He would wait until they asked to be cured. In the feeding miracles, in the multiplication of loaves and fishes, he initiates, he does not wait to be asked.

Is it not a wonder how Jesus gives of Himself in the Eucharist? He initiates, he waits. His love overflows. What’s our response especially in this Advent Season? (Sr. Lourdes Felipe, SSpS, Bible Diary 2007)


December 5, 2012

St. Sabas
Wednesday of the
First Week of Advent

Is 25:6-10a
Ps 23
Mt 15:29-37

Mt 15:29-37
The Healing of Many People

29[At that time,] Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee, went up on the mountain, and sat down there. 30Great 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. 31The 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.

32Jesus summoned his disciples and said, “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, for fear they may collapse on the way.” 33The disciples said to him, “Where could we ever get enough bread in this deserted place to satisfy such a crowd?” 34Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?” “Seven,” they replied, “and a few fish.” 35He ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground. 36Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, gave thanks, broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds. 37They all ate and were satisfied. They picked up the fragments left over—seven baskets full.


My heart is moved with pity. Having spent three days with the people, Jesus realizes how tired and hungry they are. Unwilling to send them home hungry, he proposes to feed the crowd. Jesus involves the disciples and presents the problem to them, asking them to help. He accepts their contribution of seven loaves and a few fish, multiplies these, and sends the disciples to feed the crowd.

Jesus invites us to translate sympathy and pity into action for people in need. We should not be afraid of opening ourselves to others. Miracles happen when people are willing to share and are gracious in giving.

When the people have eaten, Jesus orders that the fragments left over be gathered. God’s blessings should not go to waste. We must cherish and care for what God gives us. We should never take God’s gifts for granted. We must use these properly and wisely according to God’s plan.

God has given us many loaves of bread. How much do we share with others?


WEDNESDAY OF THE 1ST SUNDAY OF ADVENT (B) – MATEO 15:29-37 – Unsa may atong buhaton isip mga Kristiyano atubangan sa kalisod sa ubang mga tawo? Ang pagpiyong sa mga mata o pagtalikod sa problema sa uban dili gyod angayan. Diha sa ebanghelyo si Kristo nagpakita kanato og maayong panig-ingnan. Nibati siya’g dakong kalooy sa mga tawo nga nagsunodsunod kaniya. Apan dili lamang siya kutob sa kalooy. Gani, nilihok siya aron paghupay sa gibati sa mga masakiton ug sa mga gigutom. Ang ehemplo ni Kristo magtuklod unta kanato sa paglihok para sa kaayohan sa mga may panginahanglan. Ang atong kalooy ubanan nato sa buhat. Dili nato matabangan ang tanan tungod kay igo-igo lamang ang atong katakos ug ang atong bahandi. Apan, bisan pa niini, ang gamay nga atong mahimo, kon bendisyonan sa Ginoo, makatabang na sa daghang mga tawo.

(English) Matthew 15: 29-37. What we do as Christians face the difficulties of other people? The closing of the eyes or turning the problem with never fit. In the gospel of Jesus Christ showed us a good example. He then felt great compassion to those who followed him. But he not only as mercy. In fact, he nilihok to soothe the feelings of the sick and the hungry. Christ’s example would magtuklod us to act for the benefit of those who have needs. Our compassion accompanied us to work. We can not help everyone because just enough our ability and our wealth. But, despite this, the little that we can do, if the Lord’s blessing, will help many people.


OVERWHELMING LOVE – They all ate and were satisfied. They picked up the fragments left over—seven baskets full. – Matthew 15:37

“I was naked and you clothed me with Levi’s.”

This line was pinned on a fraternity paddle in our rector’s office. A student, who should have been expelled because of major violations, was given a second chance. He was so touched with the overwhelming kindness and forgiveness shown to him by God that he wrote this line and gave up his paddle for good.

Jesus fed the people and still left them with more. He always gives more than enough to show how much love He has for us — even to the point of dying on the cross.

Things may not be dramatic or big all the time but God’s display of immense love is manifest in our daily life. Whether it’s a promotion at work, a healing from dengue, a restored relationship, a sumptuous meal, an available parking slot — all these are God’s favor, His awesome love made concrete.

The frat member turned his life around in gratitude when he realized how lavish God’s love was for him.

Do you realize and feel His overwhelming love? Jun Asis (

Reflection: At the end of each day, ask yourself how God made His marvelous love known to you and thank Him for His gift.

Lord, You overwhelm me with Your love daily. May every moment of my life be a testament of my gratitude to You.


DON’T GO EMPTY-HANDED – “… I do not want to send them away hungry, for fear they may collapse on the way.” – Matthew15:32

I was a teenager, I had this technique to get extra allowance for my occasional gimmicks. I call it “abiding presence.” One week before my scheduled gimmick, I would already ask for extra money. Mom would always say, “If you want to have money, save up the whole week.” But we both knew that even if I skip meals in school, I wouldn’t be able to save enough.

What I’d do is stay by Mom’s side all throughout the week. I’d help her with the household chores, plus… I’d pluck her white hair! At the end of the week, before I leave for my gimmick, my mom would hand me extra money. It never failed!

Why did it work? Was it because of my presence and services? No! It only worked because my mom is compassionate.

It’s the same thing with our lives. If we remain in the abiding presence of God, we will never go empty-handed. Blessings abound. Our hands are filled not because we remain in Him.

We lack nothing because He is compassionate. He won’t let us go empty-handed. Velden Lim (

Reflection: You can’t be blessed apart from God, for all blessings come from Him.

Lord, thank You for Your unending compassion. Everything I have is because of Your mercy.


Is 25: 6-10a; Mt 15: 29-37

Invited to the Feast

This is the Lord; we had waited for him; Let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation. The Messianic arrival is indeed a matter of great hope and joy. Those who are in the shadow of sin and mourning for it, now they will be comforted. The veil of evil spread over the nations which kept all in darkness will now be removed by the Messiah. The light of his salvific message is shining in the world and the power of his Spirit will open the eyes of all to receive it. He will raise those to spiritual life who were long dead in trespasses and sins. The Messiah will himself, in his resurrection, triumph over death. Grief shall be banished; there shall be perfect and endless joy. Those that mourn for sin shall be comforted. God shall wipe away all tears. The feast prepared by the Lord of hosts also points to the kind of reception the repentant sinners receive in the New Testament. All are invited to this grand reception, whether rich or poor, Jew or Gentile, sinner or just; all are invited to the feast.

Ps. 23 presents in a moving and dramatic way the true nature of the Messiah: he is the Good Shepherd. In these words, the believer is taught to express his satisfaction in the care of the great Pastor of the universe, the Redeemer and Preserver of men. With joy he reflects that he has a shepherd, and that shepherd is God. A flock of sheep, gentle and harmless, feeding in green pastures under the care of a skilful, watchful and tender shepherd, forms an emblem of the messianic times. The Lord gives quiet and contentment in the mind. We are blessed with the green pastures and we shall abide in them. Those who walk in the paths of righteousness can drink from streams which flow from the Fountain of living waters. The way of duty is the truly pleasant way. The work of righteousness is peace. In these paths we cannot walk unless God leads us into them, and leads us on in them. Let us then simply trust our Shepherd’s care and listen to his voice. The Lord’s people feast at his table, upon the plentiful provisions of his love. The goodness and mercy of God will follow them all the days of their lives, if it is their desire and determination to seek their happiness in the service of God here and to enjoy his love for ever in heaven.

The image of the Messiah presented by Isaiah and the Psalmist finds its climax in the Good News we listened from Matthew. Whatever our case is, the only way to find peace and consolation is to place ourselves at Christ’s feet, to submit  to him and follow his path. Sin has subjected the human person to various diseases, deformities and death. But now they are all subject to the command of Christ. The spiritual cures that Christ works are wonderful. When blind souls are made to see by faith, the dumb to speak in prayer, the maimed and the lame to walk in holy obedience, it is to be wondered at. His power was also shown to the multitude, in the plentiful provision he made for them. All did eat and were filled. Those whom Christ feeds, he fills. With Christ there is bread enough and to spare; supplies of grace far more than we seek. This is the Saviour for whose arrival we are preparing ourselves. Let the Messiah, the Good Shepherd, who invited us today to this Eucharistic Feast also make us worthy to partake at his table in the Kingdom of God. Dr. Wilson Edattukaran CMI


WORD TODAY: Is 25:6-10; Mt 15:29-37

700 years before Christ, Isaiah prophesied that the coming Savior will give a feast to the people on Mount Zion (Jerusalem), wiping away their tears and destroy death forever.

Then Christ arrived and fulfilled the prophecy. Christ on a mountain healed the sick, wiping away their tears. Then he multiplied a few loaves of bread and gave feast to several thousands hungry people.

The Holy Mass is the summit (mountain) of Christian worship. When the priest speaks Christ’s words, “This is my Body,” Christ transforms the bread into His flesh, then he gives us a feast of his divine life.

The Mass is Christ’s Advent into our lives to wipe away our tears. “In green pastures He gives me rest. Beside restful waters He leads me and refreshes my soul,” (Psalm. (Fr. Iko Bajos 2015.12.02)


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