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The Banquet of the Lord

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  • Reading I: Isaiah 25:6-10
  • Resp. Psalm: Psalm 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6
  • Gospel Reading:Matthew 15:29-37


The Messianic banquet is a banquet of life.  Isaiah’s vision of the banquet of the Lord served on the mountain, recalls the dinner that Yahweh had with Moses and the elders at Sinai.  It was a symbolic gesture of what the covenant was about:  fellowship with God and with others.  When all are friends and all can share the same banquet table, then there is peace, there can be no wars.  The veil that Yahweh lifts from the nations is the veil that keeps them in darkness and division.  The veil that is lifted reveals the face of each one making them less a stranger to one another.  The book of the Apocalypse quotes the words "The Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces…".  In John’s vision, the line occurs in a description of the new Jerusalem, where God is at the center of all life.  In this Christian vision of the new heavens and the new earth, the banquet is held in the wedding of the Lamb and His Bride, the Church. 

What has this Isaianic vision have to do with Advent?  The answer is simple:  the Advent of the Lord brings  with it the fulness of life.  When the Lord first came, He gave us a foretaste of the Messianic meal when he fed the multitudes.  In the Eucharist, we make present once more the times when the Lord opened for us a window into His future.  Those who share in the Eucharist are assured that they too are numbered among those who will be in His banquet.  "Whoever eats this bread and drinks this cup will not die; he shall live forever."  Thus, during the Eucharist itself we are reminded of this connection between the present re-presentation of the meal of the Lord with the future banquet of the Lamb:  "Mortem tuam annuntiamus, Domine, et tuam resurrectionem confitemur, donec venias "1

Isaiah 25:6-10
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6And the Lord of hosts shall make unto all people in this mountain, a feast of fat things, a feast of wine, of fat things full of marrow, of wine purified from the lees.
7And he shall destroy in this mountain the face of the bond with which all people were tied, and the web that he began over all nations.
8He shall cast death down headlong for ever: and the Lord God shall wipe away tears from every face, and the reproach of his people he shall take away from off the whole earth: for the Lord hath spoken it.
9And they shall say in that day: Lo, this is our God, we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the Lord, we have patiently waited for him, we shall rejoice and be joyfull in his salvation.
10For the hand of the Lord shall rest in this mountain: and Moab shall be trodden down under him, as straw is broken in pieces with the wain.
Psalm 23:1-3
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1A psalm for David. The Lord ruleth me: and I shall want nothing.
2He hath set me in a place of pasture. He hath brought me up, on the water of refreshment:
3He hath converted my soul. He hath led me on the paths of justice, for his own name's sake.
Matthew 15:29-37
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29And when Jesus had passed away from thence, he came nigh the sea of Galilee. And going up into a mountain, he sat there.
30And there came to him great multitudes, having with them the dumb, the blind, the lame, the maimed, and many others: and they cast them down at his feet, and he healed them:
31So that the multitudes marvelled seeing the dumb speak, the lame walk, and the blind see: and they glorified the God of Israel.
32And Jesus called together his disciples, and said: I have compassion on the multitudes, because they continue with me now three days, and have not what to eat, and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way.
33And the disciples say unto him: Whence then should we have so many loaves in the desert, as to fill so great a multitude?
34And Jesus said to them: How many loaves have you? But they said: Seven, and a few little fishes.
35And he commanded the multitude to sit down upon the ground.
36And taking the seven loaves and the fishes, and giving thanks, he brake, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the people.
37And they did all eat, and had their fill. And they took up seven baskets full, of what remained of the fragments.

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  1. We announce your death, O Lord, and we confess your resurrection, until you come in glory. []

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