Posted by: livingscripture | December 17, 2010

Third Friday of Advent

From the Word of the Day 

Jacob (was) the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary.  Of her was born Jesus who is called the Christ.

                                  Matthew 1: 16 

How should we live this Word 

These simple words that conclude Matthew’s genealogy reveal the tremendous mystery of the Incarnation of God’s Son.  Jesus enters into history and is of the lineage of the royal house of David.  Matthew traces the lineage of Joseph, adding that he is the husband of Mary from whom Jesus is born.  Thus Matthew introduces Joseph into the scene and his special task from God to guard His Son.  He stresses that Jesus is born of the Virgin through the power of the Holy Spirit.  Thus the child is truly, ‘Emmanuel…God with us’.  Our God did not disdain to walk the mysterious roads of our human history.  St. Bernard speaks of three comings of God to humanity.  The second is the coming of God into the hearts of the believers.  God accompanies us through the roads of life and all its vicissitudes.                                                            

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will marvel at the fact that God bound Himself to our history through an ancestry that seems very bizarre. In fact, His lineage includes the good and the bad, the meek and the violent.  It makes me remember Jesus’ words, “The Son of Man has come to seek and save those who were lost” (Luke 19: 10). 

Lord Jesus, I too wish to experience Your presence in my history, and on my faith journey.  Help me to prepare my heart to receive You.  Come, Lord Jesus, come! 

The voice of St. Bernard, Church Doctor 

Thus, this intermediary coming is a way that unites the first and the last coming.  In the first Christ was our redemption.  In the last, He will manifest Himself as our life.  In this one He is our repose and our consolation.

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