The Divine Family Tree

December 17, 2016
Saturday of the Third Week in Advent
The Gospel Today
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.

REFLECTION (Sem. Jeffrey A. Danan)

We will meet a lot of people in our lives. In every encounter, the experiences remain and behind every experience, the name of that person will leave a mark in our heart. Through that experience we can gauge if they are our friends or just an acquaintance, but we will remember them nevertheless through their names.

It has been a practice in our school to address our classmates by their family name. Their surnames somehow speak for themselves. Their surnames represent their crafts. It is common in my province to recognize the lineage of the different families and the established trademark of the whole clan.

The genealogy of Jesus tells us about His roots and what kind of lineage He has. We can say that the son of God, Jesus Christ, who brought for us salvation came from a lineage of sinners and upright men.
It is the way of God. Because of His love to the world, He does not disregard anybody and He wants to share His Son to all.

As a seminarian, I have a lot of unhappy experiences from my own family and relatives, but still, God allows me to hear His call and serve Him. He even uses the “crooked lines” and the irregularities of my life to be an unexpected victim of His love and in turn surrender myself to Him. Though sometimes, along the way, there are rough roads ahead I trust Him. I know that God fulfill His perfect plan through imperfect instruments and unexpected ways.
As an invitation, let us allow ourselves to be surprised by God.

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