Monday 18 December 2017

About Today Readings

Advent Season of Creation.

Jeremiah 23:5-8. Psalm 71(72):1-2, 12-13, 18-19. Matthew 1:18-24.

Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever—Psalm 71(72):1-2, 12-13, 18-19.

Next week is Christmas Day.



Today we begin with the narrative of the conception of Jesus in Matthew’s Gospel. While for the rest of the week we follow Luke’s Gospel that the author sourced from Matthew. Here it was important for Matthew’s Jewish Christian audience to connect Jesus, Son of God, Son of Abraham and son of David. It was fitting that Joseph (who was asked by the angel in his dream) named the child Jesus after Joshua who was to save his people from their sins should echo in his origins the historic deliverance of Israel from Egypt. Can I trace my own roots? If I trace my own ancestry and use my imagination to realise that I too share the same ancestors as Jesus; we are directly related. Research using DNA shows that everyone living today is likely to have had a common ancestor living 200 000 years ago. Jesus entered the seven-million-year-old flow of evolved humanity to be part of my story. This child born 2000 years ago in Bethlehem arrived at the crossroads of civilisations, Asian, Chinese, European and African in the Middle East.

Knowing my own deep connectedness then, does this make a difference to the way I relate to humanity? The Earth Charter which Pope Francis quotes in Laudato Si  (Care for our Common Home) invites us to become aware of our interconnectedness exclaiming “Let ours be a time remembered for the awakening of a new reverence for life, the firm resolve to achieve sustainability, the quickening of the struggle for justice and peace, and the joyful celebration of life.”

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