Tuesday 17 December 2019
Genesis 49:2, 8-10. Psalm 71(72):1-4, 7-8, 17. Matthew 1:1-17.
Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever – Psalm 71(72):1-4, 7-8, 17.
‘And Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called the Messiah.’
In today’s Gospel – the genealogy of Christ – we hear how God became human in a particular family with its own particular graced history. Jesus is that descendant promised to Abraham ‘in whom all the nations of the world will be blessed’. He is the son promised to David who will reign for ever. The emphasis is on the human reality of Jesus. Born with a particular heritage, in a particular place and time, he is truly human, and experiences all that we do.
In becoming human, Christ declares the tripersonal God’s deep care for all people. This care extends to us an invitation to attend to the places we may notice God’s faithful presence in our own particular life story. Let us rest in an awareness of this presence each and every day. Lord Jesus, come into our hearts this Advent, that we may sing your praise to all creation.