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Tag Archive for ‘Jesus’

Monday 17 December

Genesis 49:2, 8-10; Psalm 71 (72):1-4, 7-8, 17; Matthew 1:1-17 A surprising genealogy A threefold story foreshadows the gospel story. Among the patriarchs (Abraham-David) are cheats and liars (Jacob and Judah). Jesus calls sinners rather than the just. Triumphs and losses of the Kings (David-Babylonian exile) prepare for the ‘upside down’ reign of God. Children […]

Saturday 15 December

Ecclesiasticus 48:1-4, 9-11; Psalm 79 (80):2-3, 15-16, 18-19; Matthew 17:10-13 Prepare the way As they come down the mountain after the transfiguration, the disciples, prompted by having seen Elijah, question Jesus about a popular belief. In the last days, Elijah was expected to return to prepare the way of the Messiah. Jesus agrees with this […]

Friday 14 December

Isaiah 48:17-19; Psalm 1:1-4, 6; Matthew 11:16-19 Discern God’s way In the Old Testament, ‘this generation’ sums up those who are faithless and perverse. The marketplace suggests the city and the centre of public life. Compared with John’s ascetic behaviour, Jesus seems normal, yet, he too is rejected by powerful elites. Matthew identifies Jesus as […]

Thursday 13 December

Isaiah 41:13-20; Psalm 144 (145):1, 9-13a; Matthew 11:11-15 To have ears John the Baptist, who is in prison (Matthew 11:2), sent messengers to Jesus to check him out. After they leave, Jesus affirms John’s role of proclaiming that Jesus is God’s anointed one. John prepares for a new era. Both Jesus and John proclaim the […]

Tuesday 11 December

Isaiah 40:1-11; Psalm 95 (96):1-3, 10-13; Matthew 18:12-14 What do you think? In Matthew 18, Jesus talks about ‘the church’ as a community of relationship and practices through which its members are to sustain each other in the demanding way of the cross. They are to care for ‘the little ones.’ Despite this, people can […]

Monday 10 December

Isaiah 35:1-10; Psalm 84 (85):9-14; Luke 5:17-26 Community of faith A small community of faith makes a context for healing. The man who is paralysed is not only marginalised by his illness, but his way to Jesus is blocked by crowds. Those moved by their faith to help him take extraordinary steps: climb up on […]

Thursday 6 December

Isaiah 26:1-6; Psalm 117 (118):1, 8-9, 19-21, 25-27; Matthew 7:21, 24-27 Foundation in God Jesus, the teacher, for most of his life, was a carpenter. Most likely, he worked as a day-labourer building houses in the variable climate of Galilee. The parable of the two builders ends the Sermon on the Mount (Matt 5-7) in […]

Wednesday 5 December

Isaiah 25:6-10; Psalm 22 (23); Matthew 15:29-37 Moved with compassion For the last time, Matthew offers a summary of the healing mission of Jesus which echoes the age of the Messiah of Isaiah 35:5-6. The crowd express their amazement and praise God. As a shepherd caring for sheep, Jesus links healing with feeding. His deep […]

Monday 3 December

St. Francis Xavier Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 121 (122):1-2, 4-5, 6-9; Matthew 8:5-11 Willing to break barriers In this story, part of a cluster of nine healing stories in Matthew 8-9, Jesus is willing to break barriers to go to the Roman officer’s place to heal his servant. As it turns out, Jesus heals from a […]

A Christmas Story … Emmanuel — God-With-Us

In 1994 in Moscow two missionaries told the story of Christmas to a group of children in an orphanage. They had been abused and abandoned, and they had never before heard the story that we have just heard again in our readings. The children were entranced, some of them sitting on the edges of their […]