Wednesday of the First Week


Is 25:6-10a
Ps 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6
Mt 15:29-37


A couple of years ago, I had a conversation with a friend about faith that invited me to reflect on my relationship with God. My friend shared that when she is going through an especially challenging time, she allows herself to feel God's presence and though she may be experiencing stress or anxiety, just acknowledging He is with her brings her comfort. Through her faith in His presence, she feels protected and is certain she will be fine. As she shared this with me, I challenged myself to let go of my own fear and allow space for God's presence. This is not always easy but it is empowering. Today's readings reinforce the message that God is with us and if we trust in Him, he will take care of us.

As we move through advent, living this message can enrich our faith and provide clarity on what He wants for us. Many of us gather with family and friends during the holiday season and we focus on the gifts of food and hospitality we have to offer. In our attempts to make things perfect, I wonder if we spend too much time making sure others enjoy the experience. The bountiful meals and opulent decor tend to be on our minds instead of the time we spend together and the connections we make.

In these readings, we are reminded that through our faith, God will provide for us not only food to nourish our bodies but also kindness and compassion to protect our soul. We will find relief from the isolation of our fear and worry by simply allowing ourselves to feel his presence.  Not all of our problems are easily solved but we should give voice to our faith and trust that God will not leave us. We should take time out of this busy and often stressful season to listen to this message and place our trust in him. We are protected, supported and loved by Him. This is a true gift.

Michelle Rohde
Employee Relations Coordinator, Human Resources