Monday, December 17, 2018
MONDAY, 3rd Week of Advent
December 17, 2018 – MONDAY, 3rd Week of Advent
Gn 49: 2, 8- 10 / Mt 1: 1 - 17
[Misa de Gallo, White, with Gloria]
FROM THE 1ST READING: Gn 49: 8- 10
Judah, your brothers will praise you! You shall seize your enemies by the neck! Your father's sons shall bow before you. Judah, a young lion! You shall return from the prey, my son! Like a lion he stoops and crouches, and like a lioness, who dares to rouse him? The scepter shall not be taken from Judah, nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, until he comes to whom it belongs, and who has the obedience of the nations.
FROM THE GOSPEL READING: Mt 1: 1, 16 -17
This is the document of the origins of Jesus Christ, son of David, son of Abraham, ... Jacob was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, and from her came Jesus who is called the Christ- the Messiah..
There were then fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, and fourteen generations from David to the deportation to Babylon, and fourteen generations from the deportation to Babylon to the birth of Christ.
In the first reading we read about the rule of Judah. Judah is included in the genealogy of Jesus the Christ. Judah was one of the sons of Jacob; Jacob was the son of Isaac whose father was Abraham. "Jesus Christ, son of David, son of Abraham" had royal and distinguished ascendants.
Matthew's Gospel begins with the genealogy of Jesus Christ, God and man: thus Matthew's Gospel is represented by the image of a man.
Christ's genealogy is carefully presented to prove to all that he was truly a man. Jesus Christ, Emmanuel, God- made- man, became truly man for us: "And the Word was made flesh; he had his tent pitched among us, and we have seen his Glory, the Glory of the only Son, coming from the Father; fullness of truth and loving kindness." (Jn 1: 14)
And for all eternity he remains a man for us at the right hand of the Father.
FINALLY, WE PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER, FOR THOSE WHO HAVE ASKED OUR PRAYERS AND FOR THOSE WHO NEED OUR PRAYERS THE MOST.
Have a good day!
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