Prayer of the Day

Third Week of Advent

December 17th, 2015
"Jacob was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called the Christ." Matthew 1 : 16
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To-day’s Gospel reading looks at Jesus’ ancestry which Matthew traces back to Abraham,  the father of the Jews.  It’s a long list of fathers but it also includes four controversial mothers.  Tamar was a prostitute,  Rahab betrayed her city,  Ruth was a Gentile and Bathsheba,  the wife of Uriah,  was the woman with whom David had an adulterous affair and she bore his son,  Solomon.  Matthew includes them all because he wants to show that when the Son of God took on our humanity he accepted us as we really are – warts and all.  His family tree like so many others is a colourful one – the good and the bad are there.  Everyone is included in God’s plan of salvation.  I too am included whatever my past may have been.  My family members,  my ancestors,  are all there too, even the ones I’d rather not remember.  As we approach Christmas and prepare gifts for family and friends let us make sure that no one is left out because of something that happened in the past.  Every Christmas is an opportunity to make a new beginning – to let go of anything that might prevent us being a channel of peace and love to all those whom we should hold dear.

Prayer

"Make me a channel of your peace. Where there is hatred let me bring love. Where there is injury your pardon Lord and where there's doubt true faith in you." (St. Francis of Assisi) Amen