"On this mountain the Lord of hosts will provide for all peoples a feast of juicy, rich food and pure, choice wines." (Luke 10:21)
There is an old poem that reads: "Wherever the Catholic sun does shine, there's music, laughter and good red wine."
If that's the case, every Catholic should enjoy today's readings.
In Isaiah, the prophet speaks of the Kingdom of God as a place where the Lord will provide for his people and meet all their needs and--in fact--all their desires.
In the Gospel, we hear the familiar story of Jesus feeding the large crowd with only seven loaves of bread.
Matthew tells us that "they all ate and we're satisfied."
These stories provide us a glimpse of the "God with us" for whom we wait this Advent season. This is a God who feeds us and a God who fulfills our ultimate desires.
Christians desire the coming of Christ into their lives in new ways, a desire that is heightened during Advent. The beautiful readings from the Book of Isaiah, which we hear during Advent, describe how even the earth longs for the presence of God.
Unfortunately, desire often gets a bad name in religious circles. But even in the visceral desires of life, such as sexual desire or material wants, we can see the hand of God working.
The first is one of God's greatest gifts and provides God's greatest gift: life. The latter is part a natural desire for a healthy live, where basic needs of food, shelter and clothing are met.
Desires, when clarified and directed towards the Lord, become the Word of God and a means to communicate to us who we are and why we are here.
In the famous Advent hymn "O Come, O Come Emmanuel," Christ is referred to as the "Desire of Nations."
As you go throughout the day today, ask yourself: what are my deepest desires? In that space, you'll find something else too: God's deepest desires for you.
All peoples in one heart and mind;
Bid envy, strife, and quarrels cease;
Fill the whole world with heaven's peace.