For the last few days before Christmas the Church moves into a sort of novena for the coming of the Lord. There are special readings for each day and the expectation of the coming of Jesus is building.
In today’s gospel, which is the first few verses of the gospel of Matthew, we have the genealogy of Jesus. This giving of a long list of the ancestors of a person was a way of showing the pedigree of the great person who was being talked about.
Anyone lifting the gospel of Matthew would have understood that this Jesus of whom he was writing was someone very important and that a great story was about to be told.
Over the remaining days before Christmas the Church re-presents the coming of Jesus to the faithful. If we listen closely to the readings and meditate upon them then our heart shall enter into the anticipation of the coming of the Lord.
The coming of Jesus is not a one off event; Jesus comes to us continuously and the Church encourages us, especially as we enter the second half of Advent, to enter into the spirit of the season.
“Gather round, sons of Jacob, and listen: listen to Israel you father.” With these words from Genesis 49 the Church invites us to begin the process of listening to what she is going to proclaim; the coming of the Lord and the salvation of mankind.
There is a great story unfolding: let’s be part of it!