Posted by: livingscripture | December 17, 2015

Third Thursday of Advent



From the Word of the Day

“The scepter shall never depart from Judah, or the mace from between his legs, while tribute is brought to him and he receives the proper homage.”     

(Genesis 49: 10)

How should we live this Word Created Earth[1]

Inspired by the Lord, the ancient patriarch Jacob gathers his sons and blesses Judah in a special way.  It is as though his eyes were scrutinizing the future, reading something great for this son.  He will not only have a long line of descendents that will hold power in Israel, but from among his ten sons there will come forth ONE who will be so great as to be acknowledged by all the peoples.

It is not by chance that today’s Gospel presents a synthesis of the history of salvation, from Abraham to Jacob to Judah and down to David; then to the deportation of the Israelites to Babylon up until the time that Jesus is born in Bethlehem.  This is not a history of only virtuous people.  In Jesus’ genealogy there alternate lights and shadows.  Both before and after Jesus, history remains a history of lights in which the presence of saints shines forth, and of shadows which emit the fetid odor of abominable actions committed by evil people.   We should not be scandalized, but rather look at the world with God’s mercy; pray and commit ourselves to daily conversion sustained by grace.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will remember that God is in control and He brings good out of apparent evil.

Lord, teach me to denounce evil, especially with the clear witness of good actions.  Convert my heart to You so that I may live the human and Christian values with the  agility and  joy You give to those who are faithful in listening to Your Word and living it. 

The Voice of Pope Francis 

Those who isolate their conscience from the road of God’s people do not know the happiness of the Holy Spirit who sustains us in hope.


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Reflection by Sr. Maria Pia Giudici, FMA

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