MY daily reflection and prayer: Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Dear my friends,
Here is the Gospel for us today according to St. Matthew 1:1-17
The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
Abraham became the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers. Judah became the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar. Perez became the father of Hezron, Hezron the father of Ram, Ram the father of Amminadab. Amminadab became the father of Nahshon, Nahshon the father of Salmon, Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab. Boaz became the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth. Obed became the father of Jesse, Jesse the father of David the king.
David became the father of Solomon, whose mother had been the wife of Uriah. Solomon became the father of Rehoboam, Rehoboam the father of Abijah, Abijah the father of Asaph. Asaph became the father of Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, Joram the father of Uzziah. Uzziah became the father of Jotham, Jotham the father of Ahaz, Ahaz the father of Hezekiah. Hezekiah became the father of Manasseh, Manasseh the father of Amos, Amos the father of Josiah. Josiah became the father of Jechoniah and his brothers at the time of the Babylonian exile.
After the Babylonian exile, Jechoniah became the father of Shealtiel, Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, Zerubbabel the father of Abiud. Abiud became the father of Eliakim, Eliakim the father of Azor, Azor the father of Zadok. Zadok became the father of Achim, Achim the father of Eliud, Eliud the father of Eleazar. Eleazar became the father of Matthan, Matthan the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary. Of her was born Jesus who is called the Christ.
Thus the total number of generations from Abraham to David is fourteen generations; from David to the Babylonian exile, fourteen generations; from the Babylonian exile to the Christ, fourteen generations.
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ.
Today we read the Gospel according to St. Matthew that proclaims the genealogy of Jesus Christ. It’s started from Abraham, the father of God’s chosen people, to the line of David, King of Israel. Jesus Christ is the direct descent of Abraham and David, and the rightful heir to David’s throne. What does it mean for us?
First, God the Father has fulfilled His promises to Abraham and to David that He would send a Savior and a King not only for them but also for us who heir their faith and hope. Through and in Jesus Christ, God wants to deliver them from their enemies and to save us from our enemies as well.
Second, Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of all God’s promises for His people.
He is the hope not only for the people of the Old Covenant but also for all nations because Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world who redeems us from slavery to sin. He makes us citizens of the kingdom of God.
In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist we try to recognize our spiritual genealogy in Jesus Christ who saves us from our sins. We accept God as our Father and worship Jesus Christ as our savior.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, You are our Savior and the Savior of the world. You are our hope and the hope of all nations. May we always adore You and put our hope in You, now and forever. Amen.
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