Readings 20141217

The following reflection is courtesy of Don Schwager (c) 2014, whose website is located at

Do you know who your ancestors were, where they came from, and what they passed on from their generation to the next? Genealogies are very important. They give us our roots and help us to understand our heritage. Matthew’s genealogy of Jesus traces his lineage from Abraham, the father of God’s chosen people, through the line of David, King of Israel. Jesus the Messiah is the direct descent of Abraham and David, and the rightful heir to David’s throne. God in his mercy fulfilled his promises to Abraham and to David that he would send a Savior and a King to rule over the house of Israel and to deliver them from their enemies.

The Lord Jesus is the fulfillment of all God’s promises
When Jacob blessed his sons he foretold that Judah would receive the promise of royalty which we see fulfilled in David (Genesis 49:10). We can also see in this blessing a foreshadowing of God’s fulfillment in raising up his anointed King, Jesus the Messiah. Jesus is the fulfillment of all God’s promises. He is the hope not only for the people of the Old Covenant but for all nations as well. He is the Savior of the world who redeems us from slavery to sin and Satan and makes us citizens of the kingdom of God. In him we receive adoption into a royal priesthood and holy nation as sons and daughters of the living God (see 1 Peter 1:9). Do you recognize your spiritual genealogy and do you accept God as your Father and Jesus as the sovereign King and Lord of your life?

“Lord Jesus Christ, you are the Messiah and Savior of the world, the hope of Israel and the hope of the nations. Be the ruler of my heart and the king of my home. May there be nothing in my life that is not under your wise rule and care.”

The following reflection is courtesy of (c) 2014. Their website is located at

“A family record of Jesus Christ…” —Matthew 1:1
I’ve often heard parishioners express discontent about having to listen to today’s Gospel litany of name after name in the genealogy of Jesus. Church attendees often seem bored with the genealogy.

Genealogy, however, is riding a wave of popularity at present. One of the primary uses of the Internet is genealogical research. I know three individuals who “have carefully traced” (Lk 1:3) their family histories back hundreds of years. To these individuals, genealogies are exciting, not boring. They spent countless hours researching their beloved family lineage. They rejoice when they find another entry in their family tree. Each member of the family adds to their own sense of identity and history. Each family member is precious to them and is important to the understanding of the whole family, because there is a personal connection involved. It’s part of who they are.

Do we love Jesus’ family more than genealogy enthusiasts love theirs? Do we even realize that we are members of Jesus’ family? (Mk 3:35) Is your personal connection with Jesus such that you delight in any detail about His life, including details about His family? Do you love those Jesus loves? (1 Jn 4:20-21)

You have been baptized into Jesus’ family (Rm 6:3). Rejoice in your family tree! Love Jesus more personally this Advent than ever before.

Prayer: Father, thank You for making me Your child and making me a sharer in Your divine nature (2 Pt 1:4). Promise: “Justice shall flower in His days, and profound peace, till the moon be no more.” —Ps 72:7 Praise: “O Wisdom, O holy Word of God, You govern all creation with Your strong yet tender care. Come and show Your people the way to salvation.” (This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)
Rescript: In accord with the Code of Canon Law, I hereby grant my permission to publish One Bread, One Body covering the period from December 1, 2014 through January 31, 2015.
†Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, June 30, 2014.
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