Posted by: frburke23 | December 17, 2014

Thought for December 17

Matthew 1:1-17

The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ,
the son of David, the son of Abraham.

Abraham became the father of Isaac,
Isaac the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers.
Judah became the father of Perez and Zerah,
whose mother was Tamar.
Perez became the father of Hezron,
Hezron the father of Ram,
Ram the father of Amminadab.
Amminadab became the father of Nahshon,
Nahshon the father of Salmon,
Salmon the father of Boaz,
whose mother was Rahab.
Boaz became the father of Obed,
whose mother was Ruth.
Obed became the father of Jesse,
Jesse the father of David the king.

David became the father of Solomon,
whose mother had been the wife of Uriah.
Solomon became the father of Rehoboam,
Rehoboam the father of Abijah,
Abijah the father of Asaph.
Asaph became the father of Jehoshaphat,
Jehoshaphat the father of Joram,
Joram the father of Uzziah.
Uzziah became the father of Jotham,
Jotham the father of Ahaz,
Ahaz the father of Hezekiah.
Hezekiah became the father of Manasseh,
Manasseh the father of Amos,
Amos the father of Josiah.
Josiah became the father of Jechoniah and his brothers
at the time of the Babylonian exile.

After the Babylonian exile,
Jechoniah became the father of Shealtiel,
Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,
Zerubbabel the father of Abiud.
Abiud became the father of Eliakim,
Eliakim the father of Azor,
Azor the father of Zadok.
Zadok became the father of Achim,
Achim the father of Eliud,
Eliud the father of Eleazar.
Eleazar became the father of Matthan,
Matthan the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary.
Of her was born Jesus who is called the Christ.

Thus the total number of generations
from Abraham to David
is fourteen generations;
from David to the Babylonian exile, fourteen generations;
from the Babylonian exile to the Christ,
fourteen generations.


Each year on December 17 the Church asks us to read the genealogy of Jesus, tracing his lineage back to Abraham through David.  One of the titles of Jesus is “Son of David”. 

What can we learn from looking at Jesus’ genealogy?

  • The people on this list were not perfect. David committed adultery with Bathsheba and had her husband killed in battle.  Our families too have some characters in them.  But we are not determined by our ancestors.  Although genetics can be very strong, we can use our free will to break some chains of sin and turn to the Lord.
  • They waited 42 generations for the Messiah to be born.  We don’t like to wait for 5 minutes in a line.  We want instant gratification.  Sin is – “I want what I want right now.”  The opposite of sin is – “I want what God wants when He wants it.”  That is the goal of prayer, to unite our will with the will of God.  When we have a deep prayer life, patience, joy and peace are results.

Today is my birthday and it is a time to reflect on my own family genealogy.  Lord, thank you for all of my family members who have come before me, especially those who have passed on their faith from one generation to the next.  Help me to continue to pass on this faith that I have received.

Fr. Burke

Here is the Spanish translation:

San Mateo 1,1-17

El libro de la genealogía de Jesucristo,
el hijo de David, hijo de Abraham.

Abraham fue padre de Isaac,
Isaac, padre de Jacob,
Jacob, padre de Judá y de sus hermanos.
Judá fue padre de Fares y de Zara,
cuya madre fue Tamar.
Fares se convirtió en el padre de Esron,
Esron  el padre de Aram,
Aram el padre de Aminadab.
Aminadab engendró a Naasón,
Naasón engendró a Salmón,
Salmón el padre de Booz,
cuya madre fue Rahab.
Booz fue padre de Obed,
cuya madre fue Rut.
Obed fue padre de Jesé,
Jesé el padre del rey David.

David engendró a Salomón,
cuya madre había sido la esposa de Urías.
Salomón engendró a Roboam,
Roboam el padre de Abías,
Abías el padre de Asa.
Asa engendró a Josafat,
Josafat, padre de Joram,

Joram el padre de Ozías.
Ozías engendró a Joatam,
Joatam a Acaz,
Acaz a Ezequías.
Ezequías engendró a Manasés,
Manasés fue padre de Amón,
Amón el padre de Josías.
Josías engendró a Jeconías y a sus hermanos
en el momento del exilio de Babilonia.

Después del exilio babilónico,
Jeconías fue padre de Salatiel,
Salatiel, padre de  Zorobabel,
Zorobabel, padre de Abiud.
Abiud engendró a Eliaquim,
Eliaquim; padre de  Azor,
Azor, fue  padre de Sadoc.
Sadoc engendró a Aquim,
Aquim el padre de Eliud,
Eliud, padre de Eleazar.
Eleazar engendró a Matán,
Matán, padre de Jacob,
Jacob engendró a José, el esposo de María.
De la cual nació Jesús, llamado el Cristo.
Así, el número total de generaciones
desde Abraham hasta David
es catorce generaciones;
desde David hasta el destierro en Babilonia, catorce generaciones;
desde el exilio babilónico hasta el Cristo,
catorce generaciones.


Cada año el 17 de diciembre la Iglesia nos invita a leer la genealogía de Jesús, trazando su linaje hasta Abraham a través de David. Uno de los títulos de Jesús es “Hijo de David”.

¿Qué podemos aprender viendo la genealogía de Jesús?
1) Las personas en esta lista no eran perfectos. David cometió adulterio con Betsabé y tenía su marido muerto en batalla. Nuestras familias también tienen algunos personajes en ellos. Pero no estamos determinados por nuestros antepasados. Aunque la genética puede ser muy fuerte, podemos usar nuestro libre albedrío para romper algunas cadenas del pecado y volverse al Señor.

2) Paciencia. Esperaron 42 generaciones para que el Mesías naciera. No nos gusta esperar durante 5 minutos en línea. Queremos que la gratificación sea instantánea. El pecado es – “Yo quiero lo que quiero ahora mismo.” Lo contrario del pecado es – “Yo quiero lo que Dios quiere, cuando Él lo quiere.” Esa es la meta de la oración, para unir nuestra voluntad con la voluntad de Dios. Cuando tenemos una profunda vida de oración, la paciencia, la alegría y la paz son los resultados.  

Hoy es mi cumpleaños y es un tiempo para reflexionar sobre la genealogía de mi propia familia. Señor, gracias por todos los miembros de mi  familia que han venido antes que yo, especialmente aquellos que han pasado su fe de una generación a la siguiente. Ayúdame a seguir para transmitir esta fe que he recibido.

Fr. Burke



  1. Happy Birthday, Father Burke.

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  2. Happy Birthday and many blessings today and in the year to follow. George and Sylvia Mosier

    • Happy Birthday Fr Burke! God Bless You, your family and calling to minister and lead us closer in relationship with God and each other.

  3. Birthday blessings Fr Burke! May God continue to guide you & keep you healthy!

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  4. Happy birthday, Father Burke! May God continue to provide all that you need. Wishing you peace, love and joy! Hope

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  5. Happy Birthday Father Burke. Your reflection on the readings is a real blessing to me each day. I am on my way to Mass I will pray for your intentions. Have a blessed Christmas. Anne (Ireland).

  6. Happy birthday. May God’s blessings be with you today, tomorrow and through out the year. Have a wonderful day

    Tom and Marybeth Filipowski

  7. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Fr. Burke. Will be pondering my genealogy today. The history of a family is so very interesting to me… It is pretty amazing. What the generation endured getting us over to America. We are a spoiled generation today.

    Thanks much for all you do…..Enjoy your day today. God Bless You!

    Been Blessed,

  8. May you have a wonderful birthday and may God bless you on this day ,the day of you birth ,also God bless your family.

  9. Happy Birthday; May God bless you abundantly today and every day this year!

    Thank you so much for your reflections. They help me tremendously!

    Jan Turner

  10. Enjoy your special birthday today, Fr. Burke. Your life is OUR birthday gift every day. God bless your parents for their “yes” to God.

  11. Happy Birthday Father Burke. I am blessed to know you. God Bless you every day in every way.

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  12. Happy Birthday! God Bless. I’m thankful I found your daily readings.

    Hail State!

  13. Happy Birthday Father!! Many more to come to you ☺ Your words of inspiration and truth are truly appreciated.

    Have a great day!
    Anita Otten

  14. Fr. Burke,

    Happy Birthday! Thank you so much for sharing your daily meditations on the the Scriptures. It has really deepened my faith and prayer life. I share it daily with my wife and 3 children (two of which are teenage boys).

    God bless you and Merry CHRISTmas!

    Rob Kippenbrock Carbondale IL

  15. Happy Birthday Fr Burke! What a blessing you have been in my life. Praise God for the gift that you are. May he continue to bless you and your family this Christmas season.

  16. Happy Birthday Father Burke!!! Enjoy your special day!!!

  17. GOD BLESS & HAPPY BIRTHDAY In Christ & Love Bill & Sue Crow JN 3:30

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  18. Happy birthday, Father Burke! It is also my daughter, Caitlin’s, birthday. God bless you both!

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  19. Father, hope you have the best new birthday year ever— blessings and peace! Wayne

  20. Happy Birthday, Father. God Bless you today and all the rest of your days. Enjoy your day!

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  21. Happy Birthday Fr. Burke!

    May you have a wonderful day and a year full of the Lord’s blessings!

    Kathy Hogan
    Office of Parish Finance
    Roman Catholic Diocese of Joliet
    Blanchette Catholic Center
    16555 Weber Road
    Crest Hill, IL 60403-8719
    Direct 815-221-6208


  22. Dear Fr. Burke: I wish you a Most Wonderful Happy Birthday. You Deserve It! I read your Beautiful E mails most every day. God has truly Blessed You, Thank You for all of your wonderful work with our young Seminarians. They are most fortunate to have a Mentor Like you. jim collins

  23. Happy Birthday Fr. Burke! God bless you for these daily reflections. I have made them an integral part of my faith formation.

  24. Happy Happy Birthday from Mississippi!

  25. Have a blessed happy birthday. Love receiving your daily reflections. Carol Stepien

  26. Happy Birthday Burke, You are the Best , in everything!

    Dean carpenter

  27. Happy birthday, Fr Burke, I hope your day is blessed!!! All month I have been praying for people born in December as I am one, December 3rd and the 19th is the 71st anniversary of my Baptism into the Catholic Faith. Thank you for all you do.

  28. Happy Happy Birthday, Father Burke!! And thank you for all you do. I read your posts everyday & they continue all day to inspire me.

    God bless you & your work!


    Judith Doyle RN, LCSW, ACSW, PhR

  29. I always say that a birthday is the day for other people to tell you they are glad you were born. I am very glad that you were born and that I have had the privilege of meeting you.

  30. Happy Birthday Father Burke—-Enjoy your special day! I’m so appreciative of your daily posts. Thank you.

  31. Happy Birthday, Father and many more.  Thank you so much for becoming a priest.  We need you a whole bunch.  Enjoy your special day.

  32. Happy Birthday, Burke! Wishing you many more blessed years! I so enjoy reading daily thoughts on the readings! You always give me ‘food for thought’! Also wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas ! Peace and all good, Helen Hollenbeck

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  33. Happy Birthday Fr. Burke! Thank you for your daily reflections.

  34. Happy Birthday! Thank you for these great explanations of Holy Scripture… I hope you have a great birthday … It’s Pope Francis birthday as we.. 😀

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