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St. Francis Xavier

Isaiah 25:6-10
Psalm 23
Matthew 15:29-37

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"For the hand of the Lord will rest on this mountain." —Isaiah 25:10

The Church begins the Advent season by taking us up a mountain. On Monday, we were told to "climb the Lord's mountain" (Is 2:3). There we will receive God's word and God's peace. Yesterday the Lord promised: "There shall be no harm or ruin on all My holy mountain" (Is 11:9). This will be done by the Holy Spirit resting on and working through the Messiah and His followers. Today the Lord promises: "On this mountain the Lord of hosts will provide for all peoples a feast of rich food and choice wines...On this mountain He will destroy the veil that veils all peoples, the web that is woven over all nations; He will destroy death forever" (Is 25:6, 7-8).

Where is this mountain upon which the needs of all peoples will be met and death will be destroyed? Jesus intimated that He knew the answer to this question when "He went up onto the mountainside" (Mt 15:29), healed the sick, and multiplied the loaves and fish to feed the masses (Mt 15:38). Yet even at Multiplication Mountain Jesus did not provide the needs for all people and destroy death. He did that on the mountain of Calvary. Here He provided salvation for every human being, rent the veil between God and humanity (Mt 27:51), and destroyed death. The mountain of Advent prefigures Mount Calvary.

Prayer:  Jesus, I choose to walk up the mountain with You even if I must go by way of the cross.

Promise:  "Behold our God, to Whom we looked to save us!" —Is 25:9

Praise:  St. Francis Xavier was changed completely and permanently by the example of his college friend St. Ignatius.

Reference:  (Join Our Lady's Holy Mountain Community for a mountain-top retreat in 2009. See www.presentationministries.com for a list of retreats or to register for upcoming Discipleship Retreats.)

Rescript:  †Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, June 17, 2008

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