Gn. 49:2, 8-10 | Ps. 72:3-4, 7-8, 17 | Mt. 1:1-17
Genesis tells us about this Messiah whom God will send to redeem the people. Matthew shows how Jesus was the descendant of David who, therefore, was the fulfillment of the promise. Matthew takes great pains to give this genealogy because he is able to show that Jesus is a direct descendant of David and indeed Moses.
This reading is used today because we begin the ‘O Antiphons’. These are used the seven days before Christmas. The antiphons are taken from the Church’s evening prayers. Today’s antiphon talks of the messiah as the Key of David. Thus Matthew shows how Jesus is the Key for us. Many of the Jews expected the Messiah to be of royal descent. Since Jesus was a regular person, the son of a carpenter, they did not recognize him nor did they accept him.
As we spend these days in preparation for Christmas, think about your openness to God. Do you have an openness to surprises or to God’s method of working in you that may be different from the way you expect? How will you continue your preparation for next week?