First reading Micah 5:1-4 

He will stand and feed his flock with the power of the Lord

The Lord says this:
 
But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
the least of the clans of Judah,
out of you will be born for me
the one who is to rule over Israel;
his origin goes back to the distant past,
to the days of old.
The Lord is therefore going to abandon them
till the time when she who is to give birth gives birth.
Then the remnant of his brothers will come back
to the sons of Israel.
He will stand and feed his flock
with the power of the Lord,
with the majesty of the name of his God.
They will live secure, for from then on he will extend his power
to the ends of the land.
He himself will be peace.
 
 

Responsorial Psalm 12(13):6-7

I exult for joy in the Lord.
 
Lord, I trust in your merciful love.
  Let my heart rejoice in your saving help.
 
Let me sing to the Lord for his goodness to me,
  singing psalms to the name of the Lord, the Most High.
 
 

Gospel Matthew 1:1-16,18-23  

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.
 
This is how Jesus Christ came to be born. His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph; but before they came to live together she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph; being a man of honour and wanting to spare her publicity, decided to divorce her informally. He had made up his mind to do this when the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because she has conceived what is in her by the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son and you must name him Jesus, because he is the one who is to save his people from their sins.’ Now all this took place to fulfil the words spoken by the Lord through the prophet:
 
The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son
and they will call him Emmanuel,
 
a name which means ‘God-is-with-us.’
 
 
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God walks with us in our history

Today’s gospel presents to us the genealogy of Jesus. that reflects the reality that God is the God of time, and God walks with each generation, with each person. While we might not be familiar with some of the names in Jesus’ genealogy, we know that some of them are not perfect and are far from following God’s ways. Yet, regardless of their faults and brokenness, God uses each person to bring Jesus, His Son, into the world. Likewise, God is with us in our family and personal stories. We might be ashamed of our family history or even our own history that might be far from perfect. Yet, we take comfort that God writes straight with crooked lines.
 
As we celebrate Mary’s birthday, we rejoice with her “Yes” to God. Through her simple and trusting faith, God, in the person of Jesus, is drawn to us in a personal and loving way. May our perhaps broken or simple lives be His instruments so that people can continue to see and encounter His loving presence through us.
 
Reflective question:
Do I allow God to journey with me?
 
 
Acknowledgment: Reflections are based on “Prayer for Living: The Word of God for Daily Prayer Year C” by Sr Sandra Seow FMVD.