December 25, 2017

Matthew 1:1-25

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Matthew 1:18-25

If the longer version of the gospel is proclaimed, both the genealogy and birth of Jesus are included. These two passages show Jesus’ proper place in the genealogy of the Messiah through Joseph. Once his fears are allayed by his dream, Joseph decides to take Mary as his wife and to assume paternity of this holy child.

St. Joseph, so little is known about you, but you were clearly God’s choice to be the earthly father of the Son of God. Pray for all of us who parent children, particularly in times when there are difficult decisions to be made.

Prologue

John 1:1-18

The Prologue of John’s Gospel presents in eighteen verses the essence of all twenty-one chapters. The three words that introduce this gospel—“In the beginning…”—also introduce Genesis, the first book of the Old Testament. The Collegeville Biblical Commentary says that it is “somewhat like an overture to a formal musical composition.” One of the major themes John uses is light.

Lord, I must remember always that, no matter how dark it gets, your light shines through.

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