Knowing Christ – Advent Calendar/Jesse Tree Reflection for Dec. 14

What a morning!  The kids have been tired and cranky, I’ve been tired and cranky, and I feel like I’m walking through waste deep water – everything seems much harder than it should be.  Prayers that we all can make it through this day loving each other as Christ loves us!

Here’s today’s reflection:

December 14 (Person – David, Symbol – Shepherd’s Crook or Harp)

“I will raise up your heir after you, sprung from your loins, and I will make his kingdom firm… I will be a father to him, and he shall be like a son to me.” 2 Sam 7:12, 14

Read 1 Sam 16:1 – 17:58, 2 Sam 5:1-5, 7:1-17

In today’s reading, God’s first covenant with Abraham, the promise of land, had already been fulfilled – the Israelites are now in the Promised Land.  Now, the second covenant – the promise of a kingdom – is fulfilled as well.   God provides David as a king for his chosen people.  The promise that God makes, “I will raise up your heir after you… and I will make his kingdom firm” was fulfilled in David’s son, Solomon.  But it was fulfilled in a much bigger way with Jesus.  You see, both Mary and Joseph were descendents of David, and Jesus was called “the Son of David.”

There are several similarities between Jesus and David.  Jesus was born in Bethlehem, just as David was from Bethlehem, and, just as David was a shepherd, Jesus is the Good Shepherd.

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Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I will lay down my life for the sheep.”(John 10:14, 15)   Think of some of the people that you know really well – your family and friends.  Do you spend time with them?  What are some things you do with them?  Jesus says that he knows his sheep, and his sheep know him.  If you want to know Jesus, you need to spend time with him!  What are some things you can do to spend time with Jesus? (pray, read the Bible, go to Mass and adoration, etc.)  That’s right! And did you know that you can actually invite Jesus to join you in everything you do?  When you’re playing football or dolls, doing your chores, or working on homework, you can ask Jesus to be with you, to give you the peace and joy that only He can give!

Let’s pray: “Jesus, please be with me in everything I do.  When I’m playing or working, when I’m happy or sad, please be with me and give me your peace and joy.  Show me the way to be more like you, so that I may enjoy God’s promise of eternal life with you in Heaven.”

(You may choose to pray this prayer, or one like it, with your children before their activities, to help them learn to make a habit of inviting Jesus into their everyday lives!)

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