Scripture: Matthew 1:1-16, 18-23 (alternate reading: Luke 6:27-38)1 The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. 2 Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, 3 and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Ram, 4 and Ram the father of Amminadab, and Amminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon, 5 and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, 6 and Jesse the father of David the king. And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah, 7 and Solomon the father of Rehoboam, and Rehoboam the father of Abijah, and Abijah the father of Asa, 8 and Asa the father of Jehoshaphat, and Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, and Joram the father of Uzziah, 9 and Uzziah the father of Jotham, and Jotham the father of Ahaz, and Ahaz the father of Hezekiah, 10 and Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, and Manasseh the father of Amos, and Amos the father of Josiah, 11 and Josiah the father of Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon. 12 And after the deportation to Babylon: Jechoniah was the father of Shealtiel, and Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, 13 and Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, and Abiud the father of Eliakim, and Eliakim the father of Azor, 14 and Azor the father of Zadok, and Zadok the father of Achim, and Achim the father of Eliud, 15 and Eliud the father of Eleazar, and Eleazar the father of Matthan, and Matthan the father of Jacob, 16 and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ.
Jesus the Messiah is a direct descendant of King David
What is the significance of Matthew's genealogy? His genealogy is arranged in three sections portraying three great stages in the spiritual history of the people of the old covenant. The first stage begins with Abraham, the father of the chosen people, and ends with David, God's anointed King. The second stage takes us to the exile of God's people in Babylon. This is the period of Israel's shame and disaster due to her unfaithfulness.
The third stage takes us to Jesus, God's anointed Messiah. Jesus
the Messiah is the direct descent of Abraham and David, and the
rightful heir to David's throne. God in his mercy fulfilled his
promises to Abraham and to David that he would send a Savior and a
King to rule over the house of Israel and to deliver them from
Jesus the Savior is the fulfillment of God's promises to us
Jesus is the fulfillment of all God's promises. He is the hope not only for the people of the Old Covenant but for all nations as well. He is the Savior of the world. In him we receive adoption into a royal priesthood and holy nation as sons and daughters of the living God (see 1 Peter 1:9). Do you recognize your spiritual genealogy and do you accept God as your Father and Jesus as the sovereign King and Lord of your life?
"Lord Jesus, you came to save us from the power of sin and death and give us abundant everlasting life in your kingdom. May I always rejoice in your saving work and trust in your plan for my life".
Psalm 145:2-3, 10-13
2 Every day I will bless you, and praise your name for ever and
3 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable.
10 All your works shall give thanks to you, O LORD, and all your saints shall bless you!
11 They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom, and tell of your power,
12 to make known to the sons of men your mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations. The LORD is faithful in all his words, and gracious in all his deeds.
Daily Quote from the early church fathers: Jesus' humanity revealed in the genealogy, by Severus of Antioch (488-538 AD)
"One must bear in mind therefore that the Evangelists, or rather
the Spirit speaking through them, took pains to ensure that their
readers believed that Christ was truly God and truly human.
Because of what they wrote, no one could possibly doubt that he is
God by nature, beyond all variation, mutation or illusion, and
that according to the ordered plan of God he was truly human. This
is why John could say, on the one hand, 'In the beginning was the
Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.' John
immediately adds, 'The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us'
(John 1:1-2,14). Hence Matthew wrote appropriately, 'The book of
the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of
Abraham.' On the one hand he is not able to be counted simply from
natural generation among families, since it is written, 'Who shall
declare his generation'? (Isaiah 53:8) He is before the centuries
and of one substance with the Father himself, from the standpoint
of eternity. But by this genealogy he is also numbered among the
families of humanity according to the flesh. For in truth, while
remaining God, Christ became man without ceasing to be God,
unaltered till the end of time. This is why there is also mention
of the ancient patriarchs in the lineage, the narrative and
observation of the times and vicissitudes that are indeed proper
to human history. Through all this Matthew made it clear that
Christ participates in our human generation and in our nature.
Otherwise some might claim that he appeared in illusion and in
imagination only, rather than by becoming genuinely human. Think
of what might have been said if none of this had been written?"
(excerpt from CATHEDRAL SERMONS, HOMILY 94)
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