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The Genealogy of Jesus

On Matthew 1: 1-17


About 3 years ago, I made a presentation to the youth group about the Eucharist. In the course of the discussion followed by an open forum, a teenage girl commented that the stories in the bible were horrible and that leaders’ behavior were scandalous and scornful. She was right to a certain extent but I didn’t validate nor made any further comment. 

The Genealogy of Jesus follows a linear pattern which shows and establishes the direct line from Abraham-David-Jesus. It illustrates that Jesus’ family tree wasn’t at all composed of the noble, the exceptional, the praiseworthy and the saintly but rather represents the best and worst of the political and religious spectrum. He had a shady family background which was too embarrassing to publish. On the list of generations included adulterers, idolaters, murderers, prostitutes and the likes. Imagine, Eliot Spitzer, the former Governor of NY, as your grandpa, Gov. Mark Sanford, your uncle, Tiger Woods, your brother- in- law and Pamela Anderson, your aunt. These individuals are famous public figures but apparently ruined their reputation for engaging in extra-marital affairs, sex scandals and for Pamela, by virtue of her job. This is exactly what the text wish to get across. God works in both sinners and saints. 


Disclaimer: this example was used to strike a point and doesn’t in any way attempt to pass judgment. They speak for themselves. After the Mass, Sr. Jeanette approached me and said that while I was proclaiming the Gospel, she started wondering how was I going to shape  a sermon out of this long dragging Gospel, assuming there was nothing interesting. Amen.

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A Filipino Catholic Priest, born and raised in Virac, Catanduanes, Philippines, ordained for the Diocese of Tucson, AZ, eleven years in ministry and counting, currently assigned as Pastor of St. Christopher Catholic Parish, Marana, AZ.

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