Tuesday of the Third Week in Advent
Malvern Minute

 

Tuesday of the Third Week in Advent

December 17, 2019

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

 

Genesis 49:2, 8-10

Psalm 72

Matthew 1:1-17

Several years ago I was interviewing a young man who wanted to become a candidate in our parish R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) program.  I gave him a brief overview of the entire process and he asked me, “All you’ve been doing is telling me about Jesus.  I came here to learn about the Catholic Church.”  I explained to him that, as Vatican II said, “The Church is the sacrament of Christ for the world.”  He realized that the more we learn about Jesus, the better.

In today’s Gospel, Matthew is telling us about the genealogy of Jesus.  I find it interesting the word “genealogy” translates from the original Greek to “genesis” which is the same name of the First Book of the Holy Bible.  This is the beginning of the story of Jesus.  Matthew says that, in Jesus, God has made a new creation, a new Adam.  He begins his story with Abraham.  How many of us would have thought to start there?

The fact is God has been interacting in human affairs for roughly 2,000 years prior to the birth of Jesus.  To understand Jesus we have to understand His ancestry.  Actually, it’s a curious family tree – consisting of saints, sinners, monarchs, incompetents, womanizers and so forth.  I suspect if we went on line to “Ancestry.com” we just might find some similarities in our own family tree.  The list you just heard consists of forty-eight names which traces Israel’s journey into Egypt and back, God’s rescue of an enslaved people, the triumphs and failings of the monarchy’s, the exile into Babylon and the subsequent rescue, the rebuilding of Jerusalem, only to be conquered by the Romans.

In eight short days we will celebrate once again the birth of baby Jesus.  Babies are promise, they are potential, and they are hope.  But this baby is special, he shows us God.  A God who takes on our human nature and all its failings and makes it possible for us to share in the message of love of God and neighbor, peace, and eternal life in the Kingdom of God.  This is the family I want to belong to…how about your?

Question of the Day:  Will you teach others that Jesus is the Church on earth and He is our High Priest?

Prayer:  Lord, help me to remember my days are short and that every day counts.  Amid the passing things of this world, grant me the wisdom to choose well, to choose life, and to choose you.  Through your grace, transform the old Adam within me into your own image and likeness.  (Taken from: “Daily Reflections for Advent and Christmas – Waiting in Joyful Hope 2019-2020” by Daniel G. Groody, CSC

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