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The Banquet of Life

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

On the Mountain of Life

In addition to the visions of Zion as the center of pilgrimage for the nations and place of instruction for all peoples, Isaiah also gives us the vision of Zion, the Holy Mountain, as the place where God proffers the gift of life, the place of banquet prepared for all nations. The oracle in Isaiah 25:6-10 is found in a context of an eschatological purging that will include both the earth and the heavens where the glory of God will be manifest (Isaiah 24:1-25:5; esp. Isaiah 24:23). After the purging, which is also likened to the harvest of olives and grapes (Isaiah 24:13), God opens up a feast for all peoples. Here, verses 7-8a is a climactic parallel that underlines the giving of life:

On this mountain
               He will destroy
                       the veil that veils all peoples
                       the web that is woven over all nations
               He will destroy
                       death forever

And with the destruction of death, joy (v. 9b) replaces grief and the sadness of guilt (v. 8bc).

The Feeding of the Crowds (Matthew 15:29-37)

The account of the feeding of the multitudes in today’s gospel reading presents Jesus as the Messiah through whom God gives the gift of life. The feeding is presented within the context of Jesus’ ministry of healing, that is, of giving wholeness to those who are believed to be excluded from the kingdom of God because of a defect in sight, in hearing or in the strength of limbs.

Guideline for Actualization

Matthew, like Mark associates the feeding of the crowds with the Last Supper, and thus with the Eucharist, which is a foretaste of the Messianic banquet. Whenever we celebrate the Eucharist, we proclaim the death and resurrection of Christ until He comes again in glory. There is thus a connection between the sacrament of the Body and Blood of the Lord and the object of our Advent hope. How do you propose to make the Eucharist your special commitment during the Advent season?

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.
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.
Isaiah 24:1-25
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1Behold the Lord shall lay waste the earth, and shall strip it, and shall afflict the face thereof, and scatter abroad the inhabitants thereof.
2And it shall be as with the people, so with the priest: and as with the servant, so with his master: as with the handmaid, so with her mistress: as with the buyer, so with the seller: as with the lender, so with the borrower: as with him that calleth for his money, so with him that oweth.
3With desolation shall the earth be laid waste, and it shall be utterly spoiled: for the Lord hath spoken this word.
4The earth mourned, and faded away, and is weakened: the world faded away, the height of the people of the earth is weakened.
5And the earth is infected by the inhabitants thereof: because they have transgressed the laws, they have changed the ordinance, they have broken the everlasting covenant.
6Therefore shall a curse devour the earth, and the inhabitants thereof shall sin: and therefore they that dwell therein shall be mad, and few men shall be left.
7The vintage hath mourned, the vine hath languished away, all the merryhearted have sighed.
8The mirth of timbrels hath ceased, the noise of them that rejoice is ended, the melody of the harp is silent.
9They shall not drink wine with a song: the drink shall be bitter to them that drink it.
10The city of vanity is broken down, every house is shut up, no man cometh in.
11There shall be a crying for wine in the streets: all mirth is forsaken: the joy of the earth is gone away.
12Desolation is left in the city, and calamity shall oppress the gates.
13For it shall be thus in the midst of the earth, in the midst of the people, as if a few olives, that remain, should be shaken out of the olive tree: or grapes, when the vintage is ended.
14These shall lift up their voice, and shall give praise: when the Lord shall be glorified, they shall make a joyful noise from the sea.
15Therefore glorify ye the Lord in instruction: the name of the Lord God of Israel in the islands of the sea.
16From the ends of the earth we have heard praises, the glory of the just one. And I said: My secret to myself, my secret to myself, woe is me: the prevaricators have prevaricated, and with the prevarication of transgressors they have prevaricated.
17Fear, and the pit, and the snare are upon thee, O thou inhabitant of the earth.
18And it shall come to pass, that he that shall flee from the noise of the fear, shall fall into the pit: and he that shall rid himself out of the pit, shall be taken in the snare: for the flood-gates from on high are opened, and the foundations of the earth shall be shaken.
19With breaking shall the earth be broken, with crushing shall the earth be crushed, with trembling shall the earth be moved.
20With shaking shall the earth be shaken as a drunken man, and shall be removed as the tent of one night: and the iniquity thereof shall be heavy upon it, and it shall fell, and not rise again.
21And it shall come to pass, that in that day the Lord shall visit upon the host of heaven on high, and upon the kings of the earth, on the earth.
22And they shall be gathered together as in the gathering of one bundle into the pit, and they shall be shut up there in prison: and after many days they shall be visited.
23And the moon shall blush, and the sun shall be ashamed, when the Lord of hosts shall reign in mount Sion, and in Jerusalem, and shall be glorified in the sight of his ancients.
Isaiah 24:23
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23And the moon shall blush, and the sun shall be ashamed, when the Lord of hosts shall reign in mount Sion, and in Jerusalem, and shall be glorified in the sight of his ancients.
Isaiah 24:13
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13For it shall be thus in the midst of the earth, in the midst of the people, as if a few olives, that remain, should be shaken out of the olive tree: or grapes, when the vintage is ended.
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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