On this second day of the Christmas Novena, we are presented with the account of the genealogy of Our Lord Jesus. A text that contains not just names we don’t know, but meaningful and significant names in the history of Israel. Here, St. Matthew places us at the center of the history of Israel and in it Jesus, who was born of the Blessed Virgin Mary. On this day, let’s take the opportunity to value what it means to have a family, people who (humanly speaking) gave us life, a name, a nickname, a home, care and affection.
In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!
Fr. Chinaka: Our help is in the name of the Lord
Participants: who made heaven and earth
Fr. Chinaka: Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit
Participants: As it was, in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be world without end. Amen.
God of infinite goodness, who loved us so much and who gave us in your Son the best offer of your love, so that, incarnated and made our brother in the womb of the Blessed Virgin, we would be adopted as sons and daughters of God. We give you thanks for such an immense benefit, and we offer you back, Lord, the sincere effort to make this your world and ours, a fairer world, more faithful to the great commandment to love one another as brothers and sisters. Grant us, Lord, your help to be able to accomplish it. We ask that this Christmas, a feast of peace and joy, be a stimulus for our community so that, living as brothers and sisters, we seek more and more the paths of truth, justice, love, and peace. (You may add your private petitions here) Amen.
SCRIPTURAL READING/MEDITATION: 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.d 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 Messiah. 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 Messiah, fourteen generations.
The Gospel of the Lord
POINTS FOR MEDITATION
Go deeper into today’s gospel text, take into account the purpose of the genealogy and its meaning. Take a step further, not only knowing what the text said, but seeking the meaning of what was said, the importance and transcendence of what was said. Update it and apply it to life.
PRAYER TO THE PREGNANT VIRGIN & SAINT JOSEPH
Oh Virgin Mother, we are beginning to prepare for your Son’s Nativity. We want to be with you to accompany you in these last days of your pregnancy. To share with you the joy that you feel in these moments, and thus learn from you how to correspond to the Lord, how to act according to his will, so that we may find joy, peace, and fulfillment in your Son, of the life that only He can give us. O Blessed Virgin and Mother, intercede for each one of us, ask your Son to help us live these days with the joy that you had in those moments of your Son’s birth. Amen.
Blessed Saint Joseph, husband of Mary and father of the Baby Jesus, you were chosen by the Almighty Father to be the Father and Guardian of His choicest Treasure, Christ our Redeemer, in the home of Nazareth. Help the fathers of families; may they always be in the home the image of the heavenly father, following your examples; may they fulfill the great responsibility of educating and forming their children, giving them, with a continuous effort, the best of themselves. Help children to understand and appreciate the unselfish efforts of their parents. Saint Joseph, husband, and father, intercede for us. Amen.
Pray 1 Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, and 1 Glory be, seeking the intercessions of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph, while at the same time, contemplating on their “YES” in the mystery of Salvation (cf. Luke 1:26-38 and Matthew 1:19-24)
LITANY OF THE INFANT JESUS
Divine Baby Jesus, Bless us
Our Judge, forgive us
Well of Kindness, Feed Our Faith
Our hope, Sustain us
Our Protector, Defend us
Source of Our life, Refresh us
Alpha and Omega, stay with us
Divine Baby Jesus, in you we trust
LET US PRAY: Lord Jesus, St. Matthew places you at the heart of all revelation, placing you in the context of the great promises that run through the entire Old Testament. On the one hand, the fact of calling you Son of David, to demonstrate that in You all the promises that the Father had made to David, as bearer of the messianic promise, were fulfilled in You, for this reason he pronounces you as the Christ (cf. Mt 1 ,1) and also declares you as “Son of Abraham” (cf. Mt 1,1), placing you in the context of the promises made to Abraham, to be the father of a people numerous as the stars of the sky and as the sands of the shores of the sea. Lord, thank you for being who you are. Thank you for including each one of us in this dynamic of God’s revelation. Thank you for allowing us to have faith and thus to know You, to learn the art of living according to the Father’s plan and to have the life that You give us. Lord Jesus, You who were a descendant of David through Joseph; in You the Father fulfilled all the Messianic expectations, and with that You were our Saviour and Redeemer. As we prepare to celebrate Your birth, we ask that You help us to appreciate what Your birth means, to realize the Father’s love in sending You to give us life. Lord, during these days before Christmas, may we get to know you better in the lives of our brothers and sisters in need, and share our love with them. Amen
CONCRETE ATTITUDE (Christmas Challenge)
– Make some concrete gesture or attitude during the day, approaching a family that is known to have difficulties and seek to be a bond of unity and communication. Do what you can to help those who are in trouble.
Dear Baby Jesus, Our Lord and Saviour, You are descended from David, from Abraham; You have assumed our history, forming part of it. In the fullness of time, You wanted to be born of a woman and be one of us, to show us the great and beautiful value of having a Mother, a family, people of the same bloodline, with whom to share life, being loved and supported. Dear Baby Jesus, you who had a family, we beseech you to bless ours and grant that parents have feelings of self-giving, of love and affection, of interest and sensitivity, that they love each other and live for each other, and may this love be showered on the children at all times. Baby Jesus, bless every family and fill them with love and tenderness, as you had from your Blessed Mother and St. Joseph. Amen.
Fr. Chinaka: The Lord be with you
Participants: And with your Spirit
Through the intercessions of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph, may the Baby Jesus (Christ Our Lord) born in a stable at Bethlehem, bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.
Fr. Chinaka: Peace be with you
Participants: And with your Spirit
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PS: Have you prayed your Rosary today?
Infant Jesus Christ, have mercy on us
Dear infant Jesus, intercede for me, my husband and children. Amen
In the genealogy of Jesus, it takes us back to the origin of Jesus in the line of David, sheds light more on jesus’s humanity and it give we Christians of today a sense of belonging. As I see different kind of people fit into this geneology of Jesus, so I am call to claim christ for myself too and live my life to the end for his glory.
Infant Jesus, st. Joseph and our Mother Mary. Pray for us
may the Baby Jesus (Christ Our Lord) born in a stable at Bethlehem, bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.
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