Wednesday of the First Week

Readings

IS 25:6-10A

MT 15:29-37

Reflection

During the Advent season many of us ask and are presented with the question, “What do you want for Christmas?”

With the reality of smartphones and online shopping it is too easy to spend hours, days and even weeks searching for the perfect link to send over to everyone who asks. How can we spend time preparing for Jesus if we are overwhelmed and caught up in finding an answer to this question? For me these wants have created more stress than joy, both in giving and receiving and this contradicts what we hear in today’s Psalm: “I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.”

There is much more joy to be had by living in the house of the Lord, than from unwrapping a present under a tree. For me this means spending intentional time with the church – the people –just as we see in today’s gospel where Jesus is spending time and sharing a meal with the diverse crowd including his closest friends. 

Now during Advent instead of looking forward to opening gifts under the tree, I look forward to going back “home” and spending time and sharing meals with friends and family. Whether it’s my mom’s delicious Christmas Eve dinner with lots of relatives or the simple meals with my family and friends that surround this celebration, I find myself overwhelmed by God’s love from everyone around me. Therefore, I am going to challenge myself throughout this season, both here and there, to put away my phone during all meals and conversations (even if it is Googling a question in the conversation) to more fully appreciate Jesus in everyone around me as I prepare for the coming of our Savior.

Tyler Anthony, ‘11
Math Teacher
Cathedral Catholic High School