Friday of the Third Week of Advent
December 17, 2010
Matthew 1: 1-17
The opening verse of the Gospel of Saint Matthew contains the family history of Jesus the Messiah. Many readers of this Gospel are puzzled by this lengthy catalogue of names. The inevitable question is always: Why did the church include this information in the Gospel?
The answer lies within the entire mystery of the Incarnation. The Lord Jesus, the Incarnate Son of God, entered into humanity; He became a human person, both God and Man: Et incarnatus est de Spiritu Sancto ex Maria Virgine et homo factus est, as the Church proclaims in her proclamation of Faith.
And, as in any family, Jesus had many ancestors and relatives. Many of these people were very good and many of them were not. The Feast of the Incarnation teaches us that Christ is no stranger to the human condition. He is not a distant deity but chose to place Himself in our midst.
This remarkable truth is the reason that Christmas is the Feast of Hope; no one is beyond the pole of God’s love.
May these remaining days of Advent be ones of joyful anticipation as we prepare to celebrate the Birthday of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
We turn to Mary, the Mother of Jesus, who was the first to welcome the Messiah. We ask her to help us acquire those Graces that are necessary to live this Feast with the proper dispositions.