Homily of the Day

Wednesday of the First Week of Advent

Taking seven loaves of bread and a few fish, Jesus fed the crowds. Clearly, there was no limit to Jesus’ generosity that day. But is this the end of the story? Do we look back with nostalgia to the “good old days” when prophets spoke and miracles occurred? Do we wonder whether we could ever hope to find God’s healing and love for our problems?

The next time we receive the Eucharist, look around. Look at the young and the old, the able and the broken, the hopeful and the doubtful. Then look to Jesus in the bread broken for us. At every Mass, he comes to us whole and entire filled with the same desire and power to heal that moved him two thousand years ago. Let us come to the banquet of the Lord eager for him to wipe the tears from our eyes and to heal us body and soul.

Let us look to Jesus and rejoice that he has saved us. Let us ask him today to strengthen our faith so that we see all that await us as we journey home to him.