Wednesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time
(Isaiah 25:6-10a; Matthew 15:29-37)
Many of us have fond memories of Sunday dinner with our grandparents. The family took their places happily around the table. The food was already there - not gourmet but deliciously prepared. We said grace dutifully, and those who enjoyed it poured themselves a little wine. Our hearts long to relive those experiences. Today’s first reading indicates why.
The passage from Isaiah describes peoples from the disparate corners of the earth eating together. The rich food makes everyone forget past injuries. The choice wines relax one’s sensibilities enough to overlook petty differences. All present are at peace.
Isaiah’s vision gives rise to the hope of Advent. We look forward to living in harmony with all peoples -- both individuals and nations. The gospel indicates how this vision will be realized. Jesus will provide the occasion when he comes at the end of time. He does not have to bring any food. Just seeing him in glory will fill us with happiness. After all, he is the “beatific vision.”