Saturday, 3rd Week of Advent
In today’s Gospel, the genealogy of Jesus is narrated quite exhaustively, citing fourteen generations from Abraham to David, another fourteen generations from David to the deportation to Babylon and yet another fourteen generations from the deportation to Babylon to Jesus the Messiah.
Though the lineage of Jesus could be traced back to the Patriarchs of Israel and to kings – David and Solomon, yet his bloodline also indicates origins of ill-repute and ignominy (e.g. his ancestry is traced back to David’s adulterous relationship with Uriah’s wife)
All this will establish that God did not simply become man but he identified himself with the least, the disgraced and the disadvantaged.
However the Gospel in no way intends to downplay the significance of the Messiah to come. The first reading from the Book of Genesis underscores his greatness, by likening him to a lion, to a King whose reign shall never end – not until all would pledge loyalty and obedience to Him as prophesied by Jacob to his sons on his deathbed.
The greatness of ‘Emmanuel’ is manifested – neither in the miracles he performed, nor during his self-manifestation at the Baptism or the Transfiguration, but when he was cradled in a manger and was crucified on Calvary– all this while he was still God in all his fullness.