Posted by: livingscripture | December 17, 2014

THIRD WEDNESDAY of ADVENT

From the Word of the Day

“The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham…  Abraham became the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, Judah became the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar…Jesse, became the father of David the king.  David became the father of Solomon, whose mother had been the wife of Uriah…Jacob, became the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary.  Of her was born Jesus who is called the Christ.”

(Matthew 1: 1-16)

 How should we live this Word Mother love

Today’s Gospel narrates the genealogy of Jesus Christ.  It is a long list of names that are mostly unknown to today’s readers and some are difficult to pronounce.  Some may ask, “What is the use of this arid succession of names?”  And yet, it has deep theological meaning.

The Liturgy does well in presenting this Gospel passage during Advent in preparation for the coming of Jesus as a human being.  It seeks to emphasize the reality of the Lord’s incarnation.  Matthew wishes to highlight the providential nature of the history of salvation that goes from Adam to Christ.  In it, God has given His mercy and His salvation profusely.  Even the excluded are gathered in His mysterious design of love.  In fact, we note the presence of four women, three of whom were sinners: Tamar, Rahab, and Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah, and then David’s.  Even David and Solomon were big sinners.  And yet, Jesus is born form this history made up of sin, in this sinful race, not in another purer and more perfect race.  He immersed Himself in the brackish current of the river of human generations that preceded Him, in solidarity with us sinners.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will thank Jesus for choosing to be one of us, with His beautiful humility and tender love.

O God, of great love, you wanted the most pure flower of Your Son to blossom in the womb of the Virgin Mary, a the stem of the stump of many past generations that were not sinless.  Grant that the generations of our times may find hope and salvation in You.  

The voice of J. B. Metz, Contemporary Theologian

Tertullian said that ‘the flesh is the cornerstone of salvation’.  With wonderment we hear these words that express the mystery of Advent and Christmas of these days…It was in the flesh that the Son accomplished the central act of salvation and redemption; with the dedication of His body, he accomplished His salvific obedience before the Father.  Christian salvation is an incarnated salvation.  It did not occur ‘outside’ or ‘above’ our corporeality, but within it, with it, and definitive, directed to it.

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