Advent 2015

Third Thursday in Advent - December 17th

Gn 49: 2, 8-10 / Ps 72: 3-4, 7-8, 17 / Mt 1: 1-71

In living day to day, it is easy to get caught up in the mundane and routine tasks that fill our lives. Too often, we forget the “big picture.” Maybe we are so caught up in school work that we forget why our education is important. Maybe we are so busy working to provide for our families that we forget the value of family relationships. Or maybe, we are so preoccupied with buying presents and decorating that we forget why we are celebrating Christmas. In today’s reading, God is speaking through Jacob to remind us of the “big picture” plan that he has for his people.

As Jacob lies on his deathbed, he gives each of his sons a final blessing. Jacob would not live to see what God had promised to his people, but through his descendants God continues to carry out his plan. By Jacob’s last words, God reveals what is to come for Israel. Through Judah would come the one to whom all of the tribes of Israel would give praise. Today’s gospel reading tells us the genealogy leading from Abraham to Jesus. With each descendant, God has a plan to bring his son into the world. From Judah to Joseph, he is preparing the way for Jesus to come and save his people.

Jordan Putt
Villanova School of Business, Class of 2016