Posted by: livingscripture | December 17, 2009

Third Thursday of Advent

From the Word of the Day

Genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham…

                                      Matthew 1: 17

 How should we live this Word

 The evangelist Matthew considers Jesus’ genealogy of great importance, not only to confirm His historical reality, but also to locate Him in a specific people.  He is a descendant of David, of the tribe of Judah.  He has ancestors of diverse origins that include the good and the less good.  This information emphasizes another fact as well.  Jesus is the fulfillment of the ancient prophecies.  Jeremiah prophesied, ‘Behold, the days are coming, oracle of the Lord, in which I will fulfill the promises of good that I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah.  In those days and in that time, I will make sprout from the trunk of David, a just branch who will exercise judgment and justice on the earth.’  (33: 14) 

 Jesus is the one who has given a new turn to human history of all times.  A Church Father of the Fourth century, Hilary of Poitiers, affirms, ‘Only in Christ, the Son of God and the Son of Man, can humanity find salvation.  He has united all persons in Himself.  He became flesh from all of us…He assumed in Himself the nature of every flesh and became the true vine through it.  He has in Himself the root of every branch.’  Through relationship with His flesh, access to Christ is open to all.  We only need to divest ourselves of the ‘old person’, nailing it to His cross, abandoning the works of the past and converting ourselves in order to be buried with Him in His Baptism in view of life’.  (Treatise on the psalms)

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect on the words of St. Hilary to gain a better understanding of the incarnation, ‘the place of the meaning and dignity of my life and the possibility of being inhabited by God!  It is the highest expression of His great love for us.

 Lord Jesus, mysterious presence hidden in every creature, the ultimate reason of our seeking and hoping, grant that we may know how to receive Your Word and make our life an incessant invocation, Come Lord Jesus, do not delay!

 The voice of St. Cyril of Alexandria, Church Father

 God is eternal.  He was born of a woman and remains with us each day.  In this trust we live.  In this trust we find the path of our life.


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