Posted by: frburke23 | December 17, 2015

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.
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Each year on December 17 the Church asks us to read the genealogy of Jesus according to Matthew. We trace Jesus’ his lineage back from Abraham to David to Joseph and to Jesus.

One of the interesting things about Matthew’s genealogy is that he includes some interesting characters that are not included in the gospel of Luke. For example, Ahaz and Manasseh promoted worship of false gods in the temple. Rahab was a prostitute. And we all know the story of David’s adulterous affair with Bathsheba, wife of Uriah and mother of Solomon. David then had Uriah killed in battle when Bathsheba became pregnant.

Why would Matthew include these “shady” characters in the genealogy of Jesus?

1) Jesus was not determined by His ancestors. Jesus was fully human and fully divine. We see the humanity of Jesus in a powerful way when we look at this last. And although His family tree had some rotten apples, God still was able to do amazing things in Jesus’ life.

2) In the same way, we are not determined by our family history. As I listen to some of the stories of my ancestors from my Dad, I realize that my family was not perfect either.

3) Nor are we determined by our own history. We may have a past that is full of sin and bad choices. Our humanity might have been on full display in many instances. But through God’s mercy in the Sacraments of baptism, Eucharist and reconciliation, we can become a new creation. We are not a product of our past decisions, but our identity is found in being children of God.

Take time to reflect on your own family genealogy today.
Who are some of the characters in your family?
What are some of the skeletons even in my own history?
Do I believe that Jesus can create me anew through the power of His mercy?

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. Thank you also for those who were far from perfect. Help me to continue to pass on this faith that I have received. And help me to know my true identity in you. I know that you can create something completely new in me today.

Fr. Burke
https://frburke23.wordpress.com

Here is the Spanish translation:

Mateo 1:1-17
Genealogía de Jesucristo, hijo de David, hijo de Abraham: Abraham engendró a Isaac, Isaac a Jacob, Jacob a Judá y a sus hermanos; Judá engendró de Tamar a Fares y a Zará; Fares a Esrom, Esrom a Aram, Aram a Aminadab, Aminadab a Naasón, Naasón a Salmón, Salmón engendró de Rajab a Booz; Booz engendró de Rut a Obed, Obed a Jesé, y Jesé al rey David.

David engendró de la mujer de Urías a Salomón, Salomón a Roboam, Roboam a Abiá, Abiá a Asaf, Asaf a Josafat, Josafat a Joram, Joram a Ozías, Ozías a Joatam, Joatam a Acaz, Acaz a Ezequías, Ezequías a Manasés, Manasés a Amón, Amón a Josías, Josías engendró a Jeconías y a sus hermanos durante el destierro en Babilonia.

Después del destierro en Babilonia, Jeconías engendró a Salatiel, Salatiel a Zorobabel, Zorobabel a Abiud, Abiud a Eliaquim, Eliaquim a Azor, Azor a Sadoc, Sadoc a Aquim, Aquim a Eliud, Eliud a Eleazar, Eleazar a Matán, Matán a Jacob, y Jacob engendró a José, el esposo de María, de la cual nació Jesús, llamado Cristo.

De modo que el total de generaciones, desde Abraham hasta David, es de catorce; desde David hasta la deportación a Babilonia, es de catorce, y desde la deportación a Babilonia hasta Cristo, es de catorce.
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Cada año, el 17 de diciembre, la Iglesia nos pide que leamos la genealogía de Jesús según San Mateo. Rastreamos el linaje de Jesús desde Abraham hasta David hasta José y hasta Jesús.

Una de las cosas interesantes acerca de la genealogía de Mateo es que incluye algunos personajes interesantes que no están incluidos en el evangelio de Lucas. Por ejemplo, Acaz y Manasés promovieron la adoración de falsos dioses en el templo. Rahab era una prostituta. Y todos sabemos la historia de la relación adúltera de David con Betsabé, esposa de Urías y madre de Salomón. David entonces mato a Urías en batalla cuando Betsabé quedó embarazada.

¿Por qué Mateo incluiría a estos personajes “sombríos” en la genealogía de Jesús?

1) Jesús no fue determinado por Sus antepasados. Jesús fue plenamente humano y plenamente divino. Vemos la humanidad de Jesús de una manera poderosa cuando nos fijamos en este último. Y a pesar de que Su árbol genealógico tenía algunas manzanas podridas, Dios todavía fue capaz de hacer cosas increíbles en la vida de Jesús.

2) De la misma manera, no estamos determinados por nuestra historia familiar. Mientras escucho algunas de las historias de mis antepasados por mi papá, me doy cuenta de que mi familia tampoco era perfecta.

3) Tampoco estamos determinados por nuestra propia historia. Podemos tener un pasado que está lleno de pecado y malas decisiones. Nuestra humanidad pudo haber estado exhibida en muchos casos. Pero a través de la misericordia de Dios en los Sacramentos del Bautismo, Eucaristía y reconciliación, podemos llegar a ser una nueva creación. No somos producto de nuestras decisiones pasadas, pero nuestra identidad se encuentra en ser hijos de Dios.

Toma tiempo hoy para reflexionar sobre tu propia genealogía familiar.
¿Quiénes son algunos de los personajes en tu familia?
¿Cuáles son algunos de los esqueletos, incluso en mi propia historia?
¿Creo que Jesús puede crearme de nuevo a través del poder de Su misericordia?

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 otra. Gracias también por aquellos que estaban lejos de ser perfectos. Ayúdame a seguir transmitiendo esta fe que he recibido. Y ayúdame a conocer mi verdadera identidad en ti. Sé que puedes crear algo completamente nuevo en mí hoy.

Padre Burke
https://frburke23.wordpress.com


Responses

  1. Fr Burke…dropping in to wish you a Happy Birthday! God Bless. Have a Merry Christmas too…and a Blessed New Year.

    In Christ everlasting Love and Joy,
    Rhonda

  2. Father Burke…

    I’m confused … This is St. Joseph’s genealogy … How is it connected to Jesus lineage? Wouldn’t it be Mother Mary’s genealogy ?

    This always confused me I hope you can answer me…

    GBY

    Mary Brooks

    • This was a good answer I found online:

      Matthew traces the genealogy of Jesus from Abraham, the father of the Jewish nation, through David, the King of Judah to whom God made the Davidic covenant. This shows Jesus in the line of Abraham and David, but Matthew does not say that Jesus is the actual son of Joseph—only that he is in the Messianic line through Joseph. By implication, he is the legal son of Joseph by adoption. Actually, in 1:16 he said, “and to Jacob was born Joseph the husband of Mary, by whom (in the Greek text, the pronoun “whom” is feminine and refers only to Mary) was born Jesus, who is called Christ (the Messiah).”

      But this is not the end of the story. Luke traces the lineage of Jesus from Adam to Mary through Nathan (see Luke 3:31), not Solomon as with Joseph, to stress the true humanity of Jesus as the Son of Man, as One who can feel for our needs. Mary too is in the Messianic line as a descendent of David and this makes Jesus the physical son of David and in the Messianic line. Note that Luke starts the genealogy with these words, “And when He began His ministry, Jesus Himself was about thirty years of age, being supposedly the son of Joseph.” He then goes on to show that Jesus was the grandson of Eli through Mary. Eli was Mary’s father (3:23).

  3. Thank you Father Burke …

    Whom ( interesting I didn’t know that! )

    It’s incredible that the genealogy exists!

    I thought St. Joachim was Mary’s father?

    I’m really trying so hard to learn …

    Merry Christmas!

    Mary


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