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Wednesday of the First Week of Advent Reflection: December 1

You're invited to listen to Robin Demarest' s reflection for Wednesday in the first week of Advent, part of Cathedral's Advent Reflection series. You may also listen on our podcast here (or wherever you listen to podcasts).
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Comfort, Love and Nourishment

Today’s readings provide me with three familiar and comforting images. Thinking of them has me feeling small yet loved. The 23rd Psalm provides an image of me as a lamb looking to my shepherd for direction and companionship. The image helps remove any loneliness or notions that I am facing this world alone. Jesus guides. When I finally quiet down, I listen to Jesus. He takes me down right paths for his name’s sake.

The second image is one of mountains. Jesus’s walk up the mountain provides him view of the crowds following him. Jesus sees and feels the power of his teaching. This summer I spent a week surrounded by the grandeur of mountains in Glacier National Park. I felt small and vulnerable; astonished by God’s earthly beauty. Atop mountains one sees a new prospective, for me it was the vastness of the mountains, for Jesus it was the hunger of the crowd.

 The third image is nourishment. Jesus’s miracle of the loaves and fishes symbolize, for me, Jesus’s bountiful love. Food is used in this passage as nourishment, just like the Gospel nourishes me. The Eucharist nourishes me on Sundays and the Gospel nourishes me every day.

Can I be the nourishment for Jesus in my world? Can I be a shepherd?
St. Teresa of Avila wrote, 

“Christ has not body now but yours. No hands. No feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks for compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world”.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, fill me with the love of Jesus allowing me to comfort the people around me.  With your guidance and the help of the Holy Spirit put me in a position to help those looking for the food of the Spirit. Amen.

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