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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

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Genesis 49:2, 8-10
Psalm 72:1-4, 7-8, 17
Matthew 1:1-17

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i love jesus' genes

"A family record of Jesus Christ&#133;" —Matthew 1:1

I've often heard parishioners express discontent about having to listen to today's Gospel litany of name after name in the genealogy of Jesus. Church attendees often seem bored with the genealogy.

Genealogy, however, is riding a wave of popularity at present. One of the primary uses of the Internet is genealogical research. I know three individuals who "have carefully traced" (Lk 1:3) their family histories back hundreds of years. To these individuals, genealogies are exciting, not boring. They spent countless hours researching their beloved family lineage. They rejoice when they find another entry in their family tree. Each member of the family adds to their own sense of identity and history. Each family member is precious to them and is important to the understanding of the whole family, because there is a personal connection involved. It's part of who they are.

Do we love Jesus' family more than genealogy enthusiasts love theirs? Do we even realize that we are members of Jesus' family? (Mk 3:35) Is your personal connection with Jesus such that you delight in any detail about His life, including details about His family? Do you love those Jesus loves? (1 Jn 4:20-21)

You have been baptized into Jesus' family (Rm 6:3). Rejoice in your family tree! Love Jesus more personally this Advent than ever before.

Prayer:  Father, thank You for making me Your child and making me a sharer in Your divine nature (2 Pt 1:4).

Promise:  "Justice shall flower in His days, and profound peace, till the moon be no more." —Ps 72:7

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:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, June 30, 2014

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