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Year A – Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord – Vigil Mass – December 24, 2013

Isaiah 62:1-5; Psalm 89:4-5, 16-17, 27, 29 (R/.2a); Acts 13:16-17, 22-25; Matthew 1:1-25 or 1:18-25

ImageReaders often dread the long list of names in this Gospel.  Name after name after name – strange names, foreign to us, flowing together in a litany evoking and ancient world.  But if one takes time reading them, even proclaiming them, as if you were reading a roll call of one’s own ancestors, on begins to realize that each name is to be honored.  Each is a son or a daughter (five interesting women are mentioned.)  Each was part of Israel’s history, Jesus’ history, salvation history. God was at work in each of these lives.

Matthew’s genealogy also implies that Jesus did not come from a perfect family; but a family of sinners.  That is not to say the Jesus or Mary were with sin; rather Jesus’ ancestors in the lines of Abraham and David, through fourteen generations after the Babylonia exile (560 years after the death of Amel-Marduk, the king of Babylon – in Jewish tradition, one generation was the equivalent of 40 years.)  Like Jesus’ ancestors, we too are not perfect.  We are sinners, and we welcome Jesus into our human family.

The story of Joseph concludes the genealogy with the angel’s command that Joseph name the child born of Mary and the Holy Spirit.  The name to be given is Jesus “because he will save his people from their sins.”  Tonight, we begin our Christmas celebration remembering that the Son of God, our Savior, was born into our human family.

What does it mean to you to have Jesus in your family and, by Baptism, to be in his?


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Year A – Fourth Sunday of Advent – December 22, 2013

Isaiah 7:10-14; Psalm 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6 (R/. 7c and 10b); Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:23; Matthew 1:18-24

Sacred Scripture gives us several stories about dreamers – Jacob and his son Joseph come to
Imagemind.  But the most important dreamer of all was a carpenter named Joseph.  In his dream, an angel came and spoke to him and said, “Do not fear to take Mary into your home.  For it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her.”  In addition, in his dream, Joseph was told to name the child Jesus, which means “God saves.”  When he awoke from the dream, he did what had been asked and took Mary into his home.

That was not the end of his dreams though.  They kept coming.  Voices spoke, “Joseph, take the mother and child into Egypt – Herod is trying to kill him.”  “Joseph, take the mother and child out of Egypt – Herod is dead.”  Each time Joseph listened to his dreams.  Perhaps once one begins to live in God’s dream; it becomes clearer, if not easier.  God’s dream is that we live in the world as God’s children, taking care of each other and working to bring God’s peace, justice, mercy, and forgiveness – God’s very presence, wherever it is needed.

How are you living God’s dream?  


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