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First reading Genesis 49:2,8-10

Until he comes, the sceptre will not pass from Judah

Jacob called his sons and said:
‘Gather round, sons of Jacob, and listen;
listen to Israel your father.
Judah, your brothers shall praise you:
you grip your enemies by the neck,
your father’s sons shall do you homage,
Judah is a lion cub,
you climb back, my son, from your kill;
like a lion he crouches and lies down,
or a lioness: who dare rouse him?
The sceptre shall not pass from Judah,
nor the mace from between his feet,
until he come to whom it belongs,
to whom the peoples shall render obedience.’
 

Responsorial Psalm 71(72):1-4,7-8,17 

In his days justice shall flourish, and peace till the moon fails.
 
O God, give your judgement to the king,
  to a king’s son your justice,
that he may judge your people in justice
  and your poor in right judgement.
 
May the mountains bring forth peace for the people
  and the hills, justice.
May he defend the poor of the people
  and save the children of the needy.
 
In his days justice shall flourish
  and peace till the moon fails.
He shall rule from sea to sea,
  from the Great River to earth’s bounds.
 
May his name be blessed for ever
  and endure like the sun.
Every tribe shall be blessed in him,
  all nations bless his name.
 

Gospel Matthew 1:1-17

The ancestry of Jesus Christ, the son of David

A genealogy of Jesus Christ, son of David, son of Abraham:
Abraham was the father of Isaac,
Isaac the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,
Judah was the father of Perez and Zerah, Tamar being their mother,
Perez was the father of Hezron,
Hezron the father of Ram,
Ram was the father of Amminadab,
Amminadab the father of Nahshon,
Nahshon the father of Salmon,
Salmon was the father of Boaz, Rahab being his mother,
Boaz was the father of Obed, Ruth being his mother,
Obed was the father of Jesse;
and Jesse was the father of King David.
David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife,
Solomon was the father of Rehoboam,
Rehoboam the father of Abijah, Abijah the father of Asa,
Asa was the father of Jehoshaphat,
Jehoshaphat the father of Joram,
Joram the father of Azariah,
Azariah was the father of Jotham,
Jotham the father of Ahaz,
Ahaz the father of Hezekiah,
Hezekiah was the father of Manasseh,
Manasseh the father of Amon,
Amon the father of Josiah;
and Josiah was the father of Jechoniah and his brothers.
Then the deportation to Babylon took place.
After the deportation to Babylon:
Jechoniah was the father of Shealtiel,
Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,
Zerubbabel was the father of Abiud,
Abiud the father of Eliakim,
Eliakim the father of Azor,
Azor was the father of Zadok,
Zadok the father of Achim,
Achim the father of Eliud,
Eliud was the father of Eleazar,
Eleazar the father of Matthan,
Matthan the father of Jacob;
and Jacob was the father of Joseph the husband of Mary;
of her was born Jesus who is called Christ.
The sum of generations is therefore: fourteen from Abraham to David; fourteen from David to the Babylonian deportation; and fourteen from the Babylonian deportation to Christ.
 
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17th December 2020. Thursday 3rd Week of Advent

Reflection
Genesis 49: 2, 8-10, Matthew 1: 1-17

“Imperfect people who are loved by God”
Looking at Jesus’ lineage, we can see that Jesus did not come from a perfect family, like us. His family consisted of saints and sinners. Each person had a place in the family tree of Jesus. We look at our own families and perhaps we recognise strained relationships, hurts, messy mistakes made, brokenness, etc. Yet, our family members, including ourselves, are imperfect people who are loved by God. Though it might be a challenge to look at each person with eyes of mercy and hope, we are called to accept and give thanks for the gift of our family and each saint and sinner in it.

Question for reflection:
Is there a specific family member that I am called to reach out to in this Advent season? (To show appreciation, to reconcile, to spend time, etc.)
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17 hb Disember 2020 Hari Khamis Minggu Adven Ke -3

Renungan
Kejadian 49: 2, 8-10, Matius 1: 1-17

“Orang yang tidak sempurna di kasihi Tuhan”
Melihat garis keturunan Yesus, kita dapat melihat bahawa Yesus tidak berasal dari keluarga yang sempurna, seperti kita. KeluargaNya terdiri daripada orang yang kudus dan yang berdosa. Setiap orang mempunyai tempat dalam pohon keluarga Yesus. Kita melihat melihat kepada keluarga kita sendiri dan mungkin kita menyedari berlakunya hubungan yang tegang dalam keluarga, sakit hati, kesilapan yang berlaku, kehancuran dan sebagainya. Namun, ahli keluarga kita, termasuk diri kita sendiri adalah orang yang tidak sempurna yang dikasihi Tuhan. Walaupun sukar dan mencabar untuk melihat setiap orang melalui mata belas kasihan dan harapan, kita dipanggil untuk menerima dan bersyukur atas karunia keluarga kita dan setiap orang kudus dan yang berdosa di dalamnya.

Soalan Renungan:
Adakah terdapat anggota tertentu dalam keluarga yang perlu saya bantu pada masa Adven ini? (Untuk menunjukkan penghargaan, perdamaian, meluangkan masa, dan sebagainya)
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17 Disember 2020, Orou Kaapat Minggu’ Adven Katalu

Kasaukan 49:2, 8-10, Matius 1:1-17

Ulun kalo matanda’ ondo’ tagamin ri Aki Kapuuno’
Ilain papag ri Jisus, makito takau ra i Jisus sala’ ka intor ra sasambaloi ondo’ maukapan, koson ritakau. Sasambaloi Nano
Mokoondo’ ra ulun santo am ulun makatula. Moonong ulun mokoondo’ ra intok ralalom papag ri Jisus. Ilain takau sasambaloi takau galama’ am maaru’ lair mauligan takau pabukatan ra pinulali’, pinilatan, sala kalo maaruan ondo’ binaal, pantuliaran, am bokon-bokon poyo. Kaa’, ulun ru sasambaloi, makaaya’ inan takau, ondo’ kalo maukapan ra ulun ondo’ tagamin ri Aki Kapuuno’. Mangkara’ raginio maaru’ lair pagangatan magilong ra moonong ulun ra mato makaasi’ am kalansanan, itakau piawon koson mangapu am maringkuanang ra taak ru sasambaloi takau am moonong ulun santo am ulun makatula ralalom no.

Pangkuatan ra paguangin:
1) Mokoondo’ kia ulun ru sasambaloi ondo’ inaru’ ra piawon aku koson tumuum paat ra Adven ti? (Mampakito ra urumat, mobobonsoi, magayam, am bokon-bokon poyo)
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17-12-2020
Hari Empat Minggu Advent Ka-3

Renungan
Pemungkal 49:2,8-10; Matthew 1:1-17

“Orang ti bisi penimpang dikerindu Allah Taala.”
Ari tusut peturun Jesus, kitai ulih meda baka kitai empu ka Jesus tu ukai datai ari bilik ti nadai penimpang. Bilik Iya nyengkaum orang ti kudus enggau bepenyalah. Genap iko orang bisi bagi dalam tusut peturun Jesus. Peda bilik kitai lalu kelala kaul ti bisi masalah, ti agi pedis, penanggol ti meruan dikereja, pechah belah sereta macam utai bukai. Tang taja pia, bilik kitai enggau kitai empu orang ti bisi penimpang ti dikerindu Allah Taala. Engka bisi penanggol kitai meda pangan diri enggau mata penyinu sereta pengandal, kitai dikangau awak nerima lalu meri terima kasih ka pemeri bilik kitai enggau genap iko orang kudus sereta bepenyalah ti dalam bilik kitai.

Bisi kenya orang ti dalam bilik aku ti patut endur aku nyemak ka diri maya Advent tu? (Mandang ka terima kasih, bebaik, magi masa sereta macam pengawa manah bukai)
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2020年12月17日将临期第三周星期四

省思
«创四十九:2,8-10»
«玛一:1-17»

” 天主爱那不完美的人”
回顾耶稣的族谱,会发觉耶稣来自不完美的家庭,就像你我。
耶稣的族谱拥有罪人和圣人。我们每一个人都有耶稣家谱的影子。在我们的家庭里,我们可能意识到家庭成员的紧张关系,心灵的创伤,错误的判决,破碎的心等等。然而我们的家庭成员包括我们自己都是不完美的,但却被天主所爱。要以爱及希望看待每一个人的确是一大挑战,但,我们确是被召叫去接受并感恩天主赐予我们的家庭,纵然里头包括了罪人和圣人。

省思题:
在这降临期,有没有任何一个特别的家庭成员需要我协助的?(感恩、和好、付出时间等等)
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Acknowledgment: Reflections are based on “Prayer for Living: The Word of God for Daily Prayer Year B” by Sr. Sandra Seow FMVD.