December 17, 2014

Dec. 17

December 17, 2014:  Wednesday, 3rd week of Advent

  • 'Owl' tie pin:  "O Sapientia"/"O Wisdom" (today's O Antiphon)
  • "Scales of justice" pin:  justice shall flourish... (psalm)
  • "Peace" tie bar:  ...and fullness of peace (psalm)
  • 'Christmas music' tie:  music at Advent Mass and Christmas luncheon
  • Christmas button:  for Christmas luncheon (legend)
  • Purple suspenders:  Advent season

Happy birthday, Pope Francis!

    Wordle: Readings 12-17-14
  • Gn 49:2, 8-10  Jacob to sons:  Scepter shall never depart from Judah, while he receives homage.
  • Ps 72:1-4ab, 7-8, 17  "Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever."  Blessed be the King who shall govern with justice, defend the afflicted, save the poor...
  • Mt 1:1-17  Genealogy of Jesus Christ:  14 generations from Abraham to David, 14 from David to Babylonian exile, 14 from exile to Christ.
  • Today's O Antiphon:  O Wisdom of our God Most High, guiding creation with power and love:  come to teach us the path of knowledge!
  • Creighton:   Matthew shows Jesus as fulfillment of the Scriptures by demonstrating continuity from Abraham, but he also shows a shift in the four women he names.  Jesus, Messiah, ends the era of the old and begins the new.  His genealogy demonstrates Jesus' human lineage, including David's adultery; his family tree includes folks more sinful than we know, but from it came Jesus, source of redemption, love, and hope.
  • Passionist:  Genealogies help us see where things began and how we got to where we are, so we can advance with hope.  Slow down amid the pre-Christmas frenzy and appreciate the journey of preparation for the Lord.
  •   Genealogies give us roots and help us understand our heritage. Matthew traces Jesus' lineage from Abraham, father of God's chosen people, and through King David.  Jesus, Messiah, is the direct descent of Abraham and David, and rightful heir to David's throne.  God fulfilled his promises to them both that he would send a Savior and King.   Jacob foretold Judah would receive the promise of royalty we see fulfilled in David.  Also foreshadowed is God's raising Jesus up as Messiah-King, hope of all nations, Savior of the world, in whom we receive adoption into a royal priesthood and holy nation.  Do I recognize my spiritual genealogy and accept God as Father and Jesus as my King and Lord?

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