Third Tuesday in Advent - December 17th
Today we are reminded of the how great Jesus truly is. In our first reading from the book of Genesis, Jacob tells his son, Judah, will be the envy of his brothers, because “the scepter shall never depart” from his house. Jacob tells his son that his tribe will be so great, that people will bring him homage. Judah likely wondered: “Who will be this great man? Who will bring this honor onto me?” Our Psalm predicts in this kingdom “justice shall flourish” and the king will “defend the afflicted” and “rule to the ends of the earth.” Finally, Matthew’s genealogy tells us who this man is: It is Jesus, the Messiah, the King of Kings. Unlike most kings, such as his forefather David, Jesus does not reign with an iron fist. Rather, Jesus was, and is, a champion of peace. Nor did he build a grand temple as did Solomon, another descendant of Judah.
With such great men in the house of Judah, it is logical to ask: “Can this be? Is the man to bring honor onto Judah really the same man born in a manger? Is he really a simple carpenter? Is this king really a man whose crown is not made of gold, but thorns? “
The answer to all of these questions is yes. In fact, this humility is what makes Jesus so remarkable. God came to us not as a conqueror, but in peace. He humbled himself to “save the children of the poor.” This Advent season, as we await the commemoration of Jesus’ birth, we must remind ourselves that Jesus, is unlike other kings. We must also try to be more like him.
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences – Class of 2016