GOSPEL READING: MATTHEW 1:18-25
The genealogy told us that Jesus came into history; he came into a society: into a community. Here the author tells us that Jesus was born to a Jewish family. The couple was betrothed. They were committed themselves to marry and start a family. When Joseph found Mary with a child he wanted to divorce her quietly. Both were religious minded people so that they were ready to listen to the voice of God.
The birth of Jesus was not an event that took place by chance. It was by the will of the Father. This plan of God was revealed to the people through the prophets. This was an expected event (not a chance event). This was in the overall plan of God. When God has a plan, he reveals to the people somehow (even in a dream) so that it is fulfilled.
இயேசு ஒரு ய+த குடும்பத்தில் பிறந்தார். திருமண ஒப்பந்தம் ஆனவர்கள். குடும்ப வாழ்வை துவங்கியவர்கள். இந்த பிறப்பு இறைதிட்டத்தினால் ஆனது. ஏதோ ஒரு வாய்ப்பில் பிறந்ததல்ல இந்த பிறப்பு. இது இறைவாக்கினரால் முன்அறிவிக்கப்பட்டது. இறைதிட்டம் எல்லாம் முழுமையாக நிறைவேறும்.
GOSPEL READING :Jn 1:6-8,19-28
People were expecting a Messiah. People knew well how he would come and what he would do. He would be a king from the house of David of course. He would overthrow all injustice and rule over Israel. People were wonderstruck with the work he was doing. They almost thought that he was the expected one. But John was very clear and sure that he was not the one.
Was he Elijah? The Prophet Malachi declared that God would send Elijah the Prophet to prepare the people before the great and terrible day of the Lord. (4: 5). We know well that Elijah had purified the people on Mount Carmel (1 Kings 19). He directed the people to believe in one true God. Later he was taken up to heaven. So it was believed that he would come back again and prepare the people. He denied that as well.
Was he a prophet? In Deuteronomy 18:15-18 God promised to raise a prophet Like Moses to lead the people. People expected someone to come and settle the mess that was in Israel and lead the people. He denied that as well. Like this there were many expectations. He accepted that he was only a voice that has come to prepare the way of the Lord. (Is 40: 1-8) “I am only a voice”: this is his humility and his true greatness.
மக்களின் எதிர்பார்ப்பு: மீட்பர்> இறைவாக்கினர்> எலியா. (மாலக்கி 4:5 1அரசர் 19 இனைச்சட்டம 18:15-18). திருமுழுக்கு யோவானின் பதில்: நான் ஒரு குரல் (எசாயா 40:1-8)