Jacob called his sons and said:
‘Gather round, sons of Jacob, and listen;
listen to Israel your father.
Judah, your brothers shall praise you:
you grip your enemies by the neck,
your father’s sons shall do you homage,
Judah is a lion cub,
you climb back, my son, from your kill;
like a lion he crouches and lies down,
or a lioness: who dare rouse him?
The sceptre shall not pass from Judah,
nor the mace from between his feet,
until he come to whom it belongs,
to whom the peoples shall render obedience.’
A genealogy of Jesus Christ, son of David, son of Abraham:
Abraham was the father of Isaac,
Isaac the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,
Judah was the father of Perez and Zerah, Tamar being their mother,
Perez was the father of Hezron,
Hezron the father of Ram,
Ram was the father of Amminadab,
Amminadab the father of Nahshon,
Nahshon the father of Salmon,
Salmon was the father of Boaz, Rahab being his mother,
Boaz was the father of Obed, Ruth being his mother,
Obed was the father of Jesse;
and Jesse was the father of King David.
David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife,
Solomon was the father of Rehoboam,
Rehoboam the father of Abijah, Abijah the father of Asa,
Asa was the father of Jehoshaphat,
Jehoshaphat the father of Joram,
Joram the father of Azariah,
Azariah was the father of Jotham,
Jotham the father of Ahaz,
Ahaz the father of Hezekiah,
Hezekiah was the father of Manasseh,
Manasseh the father of Amon,
Amon the father of Josiah;
and Josiah was the father of Jechoniah and his brothers.
Then the deportation to Babylon took place.
After the deportation to Babylon:
Jechoniah was the father of Shealtiel,
Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,
Zerubbabel was the father of Abiud,
Abiud the father of Eliakim,
Eliakim the father of Azor,
Azor was the father of Zadok,
Zadok the father of Achim,
Achim the father of Eliud,
Eliud was the father of Eleazar,
Eleazar the father of Matthan,
Matthan the father of Jacob;
and Jacob was the father of Joseph the husband of Mary;
of her was born Jesus who is called Christ.
The sum of generations is therefore: fourteen from Abraham to David; fourteen from David to the Babylonian deportation; and fourteen from the Babylonian deportation to Christ.
Wisdom of the Most High, ordering all things with strength and gentleness, come and teach us the way of truth
We begin the last 7 days of the season of Advent and this marks the start of the O antiphons. The name arises because the Gospel Acclamations and prayer before Vespers for these 7 days will begin with “O Wisdom,” “O Ruler of the House of Israel” and other names of Jesus. The upcoming reflections will seek to provide some insight into how this message remains fresh and relevant in our times.
We read the genealogy of Jesus in the Gospel of today and may wonder why the Church has chosen to include this part of history to be proclaimed. Jesus ancestors came from all backgrounds and each one of them have their own fair share of sins and good deeds. The family line is indeed a chequered past but God, in His infinite wisdom, has chosen to order the family in this way to show us that even Jesus came from a family of people vulnerable to sin.
God accepts us for who we are and it will do us good if we can re-examine why some of us hold onto the perspective of being perfect. Perfection could take the form of wanting to become the most clever person and seek knowledge all around us or any other pursuit which we so desire. However it is wisdom which we should pray for as the readings show us today that we can never know the future outcome. Entrusting all our concerns to God’s wisdom in prayer is probably the best present we could give ourselves to save us from some grief and stress.
(Today’s OXYGEN by Nicholas Chia)
Prayer: Lord, grant us wisdom to know when to acknowledge our failings.
Thanksgiving: We give thanks for all who teach the Catholic Faith.