Saturday of the Third Week of Advent
Jeremiah 23:5-8, Psalm 72:1-2, 12-13, 18-19, & Matthew 1:18-25
At first glance, today's readings may leave us wanting something else to reflect on. I know that's my first thought when I read and re-read them. However, when exploring the Old Testament at the seminary, I recognized how God sometimes works through the most unlikely people. I began to wonder if that is not some of the wisdom available to us when we reflect on the genealogy of Jesus. His family, like our own, has its characters, yet God found a way to be incarnated despite humanity's imperfections.
As I continued to reflect on whether this was too much of a reach, I noticed today's
Gospel Acclamation and realized that we are beginning the time of reflection on the 'O Antiphons,' the last seven days of Advent. The Acclamation reads, "O Leader of the House of Israel, giver of the Law to Moses on Sinai: come to rescue us with your mighty power!" I felt the longing and anticipation of this season of Advent.
As I held both ideas, the imperfect family being the place God chose to become a part of, and of my desire and waiting for more profound knowledge. I felt invited to recognize my imperfections, wounds, and darkness. At the same time, I heard God say to me, "It's all right, my son, I can work with that."
Friends, as we enter this last week of waiting and longing and anticipation, we are reminded that we are all called to carry Christ. We are all invited into a deeper path of knowledge guided by power and love. If we feel worried or concerned that we are unworthy, remember Jesus' family tree and listen to God say, It's all right, my child, I can work with that."
Question of the Day: Will you pray to find a more concrete way to share God's peace and justice on earth during this time of anticipation?
Prayer: "His name will be called Emmanuel, which means God with us." (Matthew 1:23)