December 17, 2013

The Gospel Today 

Tuesday of the Third Week of Advent

Matthew 1:1-17

The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ,
the son of David, the son of Abraham.

Abraham became the father of Isaac,
Isaac the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers.
Judah became the father of Perez and Zerah,
whose mother was Tamar.
Perez became the father of Hezron,
Hezron the father of Ram,
Ram the father of Amminadab.
Amminadab became the father of Nahshon,
Nahshon the father of Salmon,
Salmon the father of Boaz,
whose mother was Rahab.
Boaz became the father of Obed,
whose mother was Ruth.
Obed became the father of Jesse,
Jesse the father of David the king.

David became the father of Solomon,
whose mother had been the wife of Uriah.
Solomon became the father of Rehoboam,
Rehoboam the father of Abijah,
Abijah the father of Asaph.
Asaph became the father of Jehoshaphat,
Jehoshaphat the father of Joram,
Joram the father of Uzziah.
Uzziah became the father of Jotham,
Jotham the father of Ahaz,
Ahaz the father of Hezekiah.
Hezekiah became the father of Manasseh,
Manasseh the father of Amos,
Amos the father of Josiah.
Josiah became the father of Jechoniah and his brothers
at the time of the Babylonian exile.

After the Babylonian exile,
Jechoniah became the father of Shealtiel,
Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,
Zerubbabel the father of Abiud.
Abiud became the father of Eliakim,
Eliakim the father of Azor,
Azor the father of Zadok.
Zadok became the father of Achim,
Achim the father of Eliud,
Eliud the father of Eleazar.
Eleazar became the father of Matthan,
Matthan the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary.
Of her was born Jesus who is called the Christ.

Thus the total number of generations
from Abraham to David
is fourteen generations;
from David to the Babylonian exile, fourteen generations;
from the Babylonian exile to the Christ,
fourteen generations.

Reflection (Sem. Rolly Teng):

     We are now in the second day of our Missa de Gallo or the simbang gabi.  Our Gospel today speaks of the family tree of Jesus Christ. It tells us how Jesus is truly man because of His ancestors. In today’s Gospel, we know how Jesus inherits the different attitudes and dispositions He has. Yes, we know that Jesus comes from the Father who is in heaven. But our Father has sent Jesus His beloved Son to be the Emmanuel. God the Father has sacrificed to be separated from His Son, just to fulfill His promise of salvation. Jesus our Lord has taken the form of a slave to be with us. This is why we have Christmas celebration. We remember how Jesus is incarnated to be fully Human and fully Divine.

     Part of my seminary life is the human formation. Each seminarian is given a counselor to talk about the human aspect, specifically the personality he has. I remember that when I was in my first year, my counselor asked me to make a genogram. This activity is the same with the genealogy of Jesus, tracing the ancestors.  For example, my father Vicente is the sixth son of Jose and Engracia. Carmelita my mother is the fifth daughter of Francisco and Rafaela. Vicente and Carmelita got married and had eight children and I am the youngest.

     Later on when I presented this to my counselor, I explained the personality I possessed and my parents. From there, my counselor and I were able to trace where I inherited my attitude now. We saw clearly why I acted like that and why I had such an attitude.

     Perhaps today’s Gospel simply tells us of our true ancestors. To whom are we linked?  One thing for sure, that all of us are sons and daughters of God through the sacrament of baptism. We are linked only to God, nothing more. That is why today’s Gospel challenges us, how can we act like our ancestors? If we are children of God we must act and have an attitude of God.  Amen!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *