Monday, Week 3 of Advent

balaam

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Mattthew’s gospel begins this week with a story of unbelief. Those you would expect to receive Jesus reject him.  They also rejected John the Baptist before him. Yet, prostitutes, tax collectors and sinners believed in him and they also believed  in John, Jesus says.

Faith in Jesus doesn’t come from holding places of privilege and power, or from great learning.

The Old Testament offers a wonderful reading from the Book of Numbers.. It’s about Balaam, a foreign prophet, who’s offered handsome pay if he will put a curse on the tribes of Israel. Instead, Balaam, “whose eyes are true, who sees what God sees and knows what God knows,”  blesses the tribes of Israel.

He promises a “star shall rise from Israel and a staff should appear from Jacob.”.

Even his donkey gets it right. He won’t take Balaam to the place where they want him to curse the Israelites. Is that why t a donkey appears at the manger in Bethlehem?

Beautiful illustration from the Middle Ages. The donkey won’t budge..

2 thoughts on “Monday, Week 3 of Advent

  1. Edward

    We’ll thanks once again for the homilies.I very greatful.Always remember the sacerdotal in my invocations. last nigth on tv over here I listened to an interview of the late Cristopher.Hitchins. I wonder if he could be compared with the vitriolic bile of Joseph.Gobbels.Not that interview but the diatribe of some rantings of some essentially trial of ” The Holy Roman church”,IHS.

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  2. Liz Forest

    And it was a donkey that took Mary to Bethlehem and later into Egypt, Many of God’s creatures have built in GPS, I think of the monarchs and the swallows and others that have no trouble finding their way to water or warmer climates. Our GPS is the Holy Spirit prompting us to goodness. May we be attentive.

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