This is the fourth in a series of daily reflections during the season of Advent. To see more posts in the Advent Reflections series click on Advent Reflections in the side bar. Today’s Reading is from the Anglican Weekday Eucharist lectionary Matthew 15:29-39 (click on the link for the text)
I think it is about abundance.
The reading has two scenes set on the side of a mountain on the banks of Lake Galilee. The first scene has Jesus fulfilling ancient prophesies by healing people who were blind, lame, maimed, mute and others. The second scene, later that day, is the most famous of Jesus’s miracles, the feeding of the thousands (four thousand plus in Matthew). Jesus feeds the multitude with just a few fish and loaves. After feeding the more than four thousand people there were seven baskets of food remaining.
There is much that has been said and can be said about this reading. For now I am content to reflect on the generosity and abundance of God. God’s healing is free to all. There is always an abundance in God’s grace, symbolized by the seven baskets of leftovers.
These days we are inundated with messages that scare us into believing there is scarcity. The truth is there is an abundance in this world. We just have to learn to care properly for this planet we call home and share the abundance. Fear leads to hoarding and protectionism. It seems we would rather waste food, medicine and other resources than share with those in need. We would rather spend on military might and entertainment than provide clean, safe water for everyone.
This Advent I will try to rejoice in this abundance, put away my fear, and pray for the courage to share.