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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

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Genesis 49:2, 8-10
Psalm 72
Matthew 1:1-17

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"A family record of Jesus Christ..." —Matthew 1:1

Wait! Don't skip the genealogy! Because we love the Lord, we can't wait to learn more about Him. Here's a few things God reveals about Himself in St. Matthew's genealogy:

  • Jesus Christ is a human being, God made man.
  • Jesus is God, the Messiah, born of a virgin (Mt 1:16, 18).
  • Family comes first — these are the first verses of the New Testament, and God can't wait to introduce His family.
  • God works through people — lots of them.
  • God loves families. Jesus lived in one for thirty years.
  • Some family members are extraordinary (e.g. Mary, Joseph, David); others are faithful (e.g. Ruth, Josiah); some are nondescript (e.g. Eliud, Azor); others are despicable (e.g. Manasseh, Rehoboam). Jesus considers them all His family. God's plan was accomplished through each one.
  • Some, like Ruth and Rahab, were outsiders but were welcomed into God's family for their loving faithfulness.
  • God is pro-life. He loves fathers, mothers, and children.
  • God has a place in His plan for every baby, including those born of prostitution (Perez — Mt 1:3; Gn 38:1-30), injustice (Solomon — Mt 1:6; 2 Sm 11:1-27), and mixed marriages (Obed — Mt 1:5; Ru 4:5ff).
  • God is patient. His plan may take a long time to unfold.
  • "God is not ashamed to be called their God" (Heb 11:16) and Jesus is not ashamed of His family. He loves them.

"Beloved, we are God's children now" (1 Jn 3:2). Let us love our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Prayer:  Father, thank You for adopting me into Your family! May I please You and bring honor to Your family name.

Promise:  "The scepter shall never depart from Judah." —Gn 49:10

Praise:  "O Wisdom, O holy Word of God, You govern all creation with Your strong yet tender care. Come and show Your people the way to salvation."

Reference:  (This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)

Rescript:  †Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, June 17, 2008

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