First Reading:Genesis 49:2, 8-10
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 72:1-4, 7-8, 17
Gospel: Matthew 1:1-17
I deeply love the study of history. I like to know the intricate details and the broad movements of peoples, ideas, and values. Both my husband and I studied history and it’s one of the great things that we have in common.
I’ll confess that I have always been a terrible student, easily distracted, and negligent when it came to my work. As soon as a professor or a text went over a litany of names and dates, my eyes would glaze over and my thoughts would turn elsewhere. So it’s no surprise that when I’ve come across any of the genealogies in scripture my tendency is to do the same.
But I’m learning to stop and ask, what is He trying to say to us right now? Right here? What can a long genealogy covering several generations speak to our hearts during this time? I don’t know for certain, but I suspect that it has something to do with a steadfast love and a promise that will not be broken.
The historian in me marvels at this God who promises His people that many, many generations from now the fulfilment of His promise will come from their line. And no amount of sinners in the line of sons and daughters will break this promise. He is their God and they are his people. And then, in the most basic and quiet way, God Incarnate steps into history, flesh and blood, and takes on that promise. And that promise is written into His very flesh.
And the kicker for me is always, sinner though I am, He includes me in that ancient promise. He is mine and I am His.
Jacqueline Skemp is a daughter, sister, wife and mother who endures living in Minnesota after leaving California for her one true love. You can find out more about her here.