THE PROPHESY AND PREPARATIONS FOR THE BIRTH OF HOLY KING - JESUS CHRIST – SUNDAY GOSPEL REFLECTION (4 December, 2016)

SUNDAY READINGS AND THEMES

1st READING (Isaiah 11:1-10)
Theme: The kingship of a just king – Jesus Christ.
2nd READING (Romans 15:4-9)
Theme: Christ became a minister of the circumcised to show God’s truthfulness.
GOSPEL (Matthew 3:1-12)
Theme: Preparations for the birth of Jesus Christ.

Waiting for the coming of the just King

TODAY’S REFLECTION – ARE YOU PREPARED TO WELCOME THE HOLY KING?

This is the period of advent, when we hope and prepare for the birth of Jesus Christ – the just king. It is a period of expectation for Christians.

The first reading and the gospel have similar messages – the prophesy of the kingship of Jesus Christ and the preparation for his coming. 

Prophet Isaiah's prophesy in the first reading, about the birth of Jesus Christ from the root of Jesse (David’s father) confirms the blessings Jacob gave to his son, Judah and his descendants that the scepter of kingship will never depart from them. The kingship of Jesus is a fulfilment of this blessing because his kingship lasts forever. 

Isaiah also prophesied about the attributes of the Kingship of Jesus Christ. He said that his kingship will bring peace, justice and the fear of God. Prophet Isaiah prophesied,
“Justice shall be the band around his waist, and faithfulness a belt upon his hips.
Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid;
The calf and the young lion shall browse together, with a little child to guide them.
The cow and the bear shall be neighbors, together their young shall rest;
The lion shall eat hay like the ox.
The baby shall play by the cobra’s den, and the child lay his hand on the adder’s lair.”

In the second reading, Saint Paul said that Jesus Christ is the confirmation of promise God made to Abraham and his descendants. He said,
“Christ became a minister of the circumcised to show God’s truthfulness, to confirm the promises to the patriarchs, but so that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy.”

In the gospel, John the Baptist prophesied and prepared for the coming of the holy king – Jesus Christ. He preached the gospel of repentance in the desert and said, 
“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”

He never claimed equality with he who is to come (Jesus Christ). He made it clear when he said, 
“I am baptizing you with water, for repentance,
but the one who is coming after me is mightier than I.
I am not worthy to carry his sandals.
He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”

How do you prepare for the coming and birth of Jesus Christ?
Is your heart ready for him?

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