I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Reflection for Saturday December 17, Third Week in Advent; Matthew 1:1-17

Matthew 1:1-17
The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

Abraham became the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers. Judah became the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar. Perez became the father of Hezron, Hezron the father of Ram, Ram the father of Amminadab. Amminadab became the father of Nahshon, Nahshon the father of Salmon, Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab. Boaz became the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth. Obed became the father of Jesse, Jesse the father of David the king.

David became the father of Solomon, whose mother had been the wife of Uriah. Solomon became the father of Rehoboam, Rehoboam the father of Abijah, Abijah the father of Asaph. Asaph became the father of Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, Joram the father of Uzziah. Uzziah became the father of Jotham, Jotham the father of Ahaz, Ahaz the father of Hezekiah. Hezekiah became the father of Manasseh, Manasseh the father of Amos, Amos the father of Josiah. Josiah became the father of Jechoniah and his brothers at the time of the Babylonian exile.

After the Babylonian exile, Jechoniah became the father of Shealtiel, Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, Zerubbabel the father of Abiud. Abiud became the father of Eliakim, Eliakim the father of Azor, Azor the father of Zadok. Zadok became the father of Achim, Achim the father of Eliud, Eliud the father of Eleazar. Eleazar became the father of Matthan, Matthan the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary. Of her was born Jesus who is called the Christ.

Thus the total number of generations from Abraham to David is fourteen generations; from David to the Babylonian exile, fourteen generations; from the Babylonian exile to the Christ, fourteen generations.
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Can you still trace back your own family tree?

The family tree of Jesus is not all righteous some were sinners like us, for example King David committed adultery with a woman named Bathsheba. There were other sinners in His family tree but God chose to imbed Jesus in that lineage.

The incarnate God our Emmanuel wants to dwell in us too it doesn’t matter who we are or how sinful we are. He just wants to be with us so that we could find peace and hope in our lives. Peace and hope which are sorely lacking in our lives today.

As you trace back your own family tree you surely would find imperfections amongst them. But it should not dishearten you for the simple reason that nobody is perfect in this world. Even you are not perfect, notwithstanding your own imperfections always believe that the Good Lord has a plan for your life.   

And that plan is for you to have a personal relationship with Him. God is very excited to have a personal encounter with you! He wants you to become His close confidant. So that you’ll always have someone to run to whenever you’re being enveloped by the trials of this world.

This advent season, allow Jesus to come into your life and strive also to live your life worthy for His coming birth. Don’t think anymore of your sins for everyone of us are sinners think rather of Jesus unconditional love which is always available for you. -  Marino J. Dasmarinas 

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