Thursday of the Third Week of Advent
Book of Genesis 49:2, 8-10; Psalm 72; Matthew 1:1-17
Today’s Gospel narrative is the historical record of how God brought about the birth of Jesus through the natural process of fathers and mothers begetting sons and daughters. From Abraham, through Jacob, and then Judah, through the many generations, God is working. David, the great king, plays his part so that Jesus will be born of royal stock, which fulfills the many prophets. After recounting exiles and returns from exile, the Gospel closes with, “Jacob, the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary. Of her was born Jesus, who is called the Christ.”
One week from today is Christmas Eve, and we might be thinking that seven days is either a long or short period of time. I suspect that it depends on how intensely you are waiting for Christmas or how much you still have to do to prepare for the “big day.” However, we are asked in today’s readings to be impressed by how long God waited for the sending of His Son and how much there was to do to get God’s people ready for the “big day.”
What took so long? The same problems that God had getting a people ready for His coming are the same problems God faces with getting us ready these days to have His Son born again for us. “So little time and so much to do.”
God patiently waited! God continues to wait! God is still working to have Jesus born in “New Bethlehem’s and New Nazareth’s.” Patience is our prayer of praise these holy days as we sing with one voice, “Let the clouds rain down the Just One, and the earth bring forth a Savior” (Psalm 85).
Question of the Day: How will you prepare for our Savior’s birth?
Prayer: “Behold, the Desired of all the nations will come, and the house of the Lord will be filled with glory.” Hg 2.7