Dec. 17 – Third Week – Wednesday

Advent calendar_jesse_treeOur ancestry is an important part of who we are. Our Gospel reading today shares the lineage of Jesus back to Jesse, the Father of King David. Recalling these important Old Testament figures helps us plant our own roots and identity as a disciple of Christ.

Make a Jesse Tree to help learn more about some of the key individuals in the Old Testament and in Jesus’ ancestral history. Here is another Jesse tree option.

The O Antiphons also start today:
The Roman Church has been singing the “O” Antiphons since at least the eighth century. They are the antiphons that accompany the Magnificat canticle of Evening Prayer from December 17-23. They are a magnificent theology that uses ancient biblical imagery drawn from the messianic hopes of the Old Testament to proclaim the coming Christ as the fulfillment not only of Old Testament hopes, but present ones as well. Their repeated use of the imperative “Come!” embodies the longing of all for the Divine Messiah. See all of the O Anitphons from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Quote for the day:
“You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you as you are to them.” ~ Desmond Tutu

Gospel for the day: Matthew 1:1-17