Mountains in scripture are symbolic of the place where heaven and earth meet. Jesus’ miracles often take place on a mountain.
The Old Testament reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah describes a banquet of rich foods and choice wines that takes place on a mountain. This is the banquet that our God promises to us when we are united with him for all eternity in the New and Eternal Jerusalem, which we call Heaven.
Jesus gave a brief glimpse of this banquet at the wedding feast at Cana in Galilee when he turned the water used for ritual washing into the pure, choice wine that was served to the guests.
In today’s gospel reading, Jesus went up on the mountain and sat down to speak to the crowds. He took the posture of a teacher by sitting down, and he taught them, and cured those who were sick. Then he performed a Eucharistic miracle by multiplying the loaves and fishes. This was another glimpse of the banquet that is waiting for us in God’s Heavenly Kingdom.
As Catholics, we receive a foretaste of this banquet each time we attend The Supper of the Lord… The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
As you set up your Nativity Set this Advent, and await the coming of Jesus, think ahead to what his coming means, and pray about the time when you and I will be united with him in the Wedding Supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19:6-9).