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Daily Reflection: Wednesday of the First Week of Advent

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Readings of the Day

Today is the feast of St. Nicholas!

All three of today's Scripture readings speak of feasts -- "a feast of rich food and fine wine"..."You spread the table before me"..."They all ate and were satisfied...They picked up the fragments left baskets full."

These feasts are all provided by "the Lord of hosts for all people" -- our Shepherd, Jesus!

While each involves food, they include much more -- "He will destroy the veil that veils all people"..."He will destroy death forever"..."the Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces"..."the reproach of His people He will remove"..."Beside restful waters He leads me, He refreshes my soul"..."He guides me in right paths"..."He cured them. The crowds were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the deformed made whole, the lame walking, and the blind able to see."

Today's Gospel hints that Jesus prefers to work His miracles in and through His followers. He asks His disciples what they have, accepts what they offer, gives thanks, breaks up the offerings, and has the disciples distribute them.

Are not our roles as Catholic Charities workers similar to those of the disciples?

It seems to me that if we are going to have something to offer, then we too have to avail ourselves of the feasts God provides for us.

This Advent let Jesus lead you to restful waters, refresh your soul, and guide you in right paths. Partake of the finest food and choicest wine by receiving the Eucharist as often as possible. Be satisfied, and not wasteful. Then "behold" how "the Lord comes to save His people," you and the people you serve!

Gwen Hall, LCSW, is a mental health counselor for the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Lexington's Prestonsburg, KY office and is also the diocesan contact for Project Rachel and Rachel's Vineyard.

2017 Advent Reflections

During the Advent season, CCUSA offers reflections on each day's Mass readings. The reflections are authored by Catholic Charities employees and other social concerns ministers who have a connection to Catholic Charities. The reflections will arrive by email first thing each morning. Sign up here to receive them.

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