Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Participation in Human Salvific History

Today, the Church begins to enter into the octave week preparing to celebrate the Birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Gospel is chosen for this day talks about the genealogy of Jesus Christ. The total generation from the time of Abraham to Jesus Christ is fourteen generations. With all these people involved in the coming of the Son of God vesting on himself our human flesh, there were some good people and there were some bad people. People such as Judah who first married to the daughter of a Canaanite named Shua, and she bore him three sons: Er, Onan, and Shelah. Judah got a wife named Tamar for his firstborn Er. He greatly offended the Lord, and so the Lord took his life. Judah then gave Tamar to Onan and said to him, “Have intercourse with your brother’s wife, in fulfillment of your duty as brother-in-law, and thus preserve your brother’s line.” Onan, however, knew that the offspring would not be his; so whenever he had intercourse with his brother’s wife, he wasted his seed on the ground, to avoid giving offspring to his brother. What he did greatly offended the LORD, and the LORD took his life too. The daughter in law Tamar one day covered her face and dressed as a harlot to trick Judah. Judah had intercourse with her, and she bore him a twin, Zerah and Perez (Gen 38). King David, another person in the line of genealogy of Jesus, took Uriah’s wife to be his wife, and she bore him a son named Solomon. King David’s sin was to put Uriah in the front line of the battle field, so he died that he took his wife Bathsheba to himself.

Why does the Church set up this reading to begin this octave week preparing us for celebration of the Birth of the Savior? It is an invitation to all of us, both the good and the bad, to participate in the human salvation. It is not that we can save ourselves, even though we are invited to work for our own salvation, but it is from and through the birth of Christ that we find the way for salvation. Just as Judah and David and many others in the line of genealogy of Christ recognized their wrongdoings and repented, have you and I recognized our wrongdoings and returned to the Lord? Their repentance prepared the way for the Lord, the Savior to come, what would you and I do to prepare the way for the Lord to come if it’s not to recognize our sins and repented? Decision is yours.


Weekday Homilies 2019

Homilies by Fr. Joseph Thang Nguyen

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