Posted by: livingscripture | December 17, 2011

Third Saturday of Advent

From the Word of the Day 

“The Book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.”

                                             Matthew 1: 1                                                                                              

How should we live this Word

 

Here is Jesus, an historical person located within a long list of names from who are His ancestors.  Matthew wants to show that Jesus is an integral part of the history of the chosen people and its completion.  A glorious messianic title is attributed to Him, the Son of David, heir of the promises.  He is the One through Whom history begins anew its journey, pregnant with salvation.  He is the Son of Abraham, the One who fulfills the promises God made that a small people would become a great people, more numerous than the sands on the seashore.  Christ is the meaning of history!  All is summarized in Him and all takes on meaning and unity around Him.

Matthew also wants to demonstrate another surprising thing.  He places some women in Jesus’ genealogy.  There is Tamar, the wife of Judah, Rahab a prostitute, Ruth a Moabite pagan, and the adulteress, Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah.  They are all sinners and foreigners.  Christ’s coming is for everyone.  He is the Messiah, Liberator of every heart imprisoned by disbelief, by violence, by egoistic passions.  He is for the poor and the rich, for the sinner and for the righteous, for men and for women.  For all and for each, He is the Prince of Peace.  “In Him shall all the tribes of the earth be blessed.”  (Psalm 72)

 

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask for a believer’s heart, capable of seeing God’s presence in my life and feeling that I am a part of Jesus’ genealogy.   

Come, Lord Jesus!  Give me eyes to see You and a heart to love You and make You loved! 

The voice of David Maria Turoldo, Witness

 

Come, Son of peace.  We ignore the meaning of peace.  Therefore, come always Lord.  Come to free us; we are more and more slaves.  Therefore, come always, Lord.


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