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Daily Reading & Meditation: Thursday (December 19)December 19, 2019
COMMENTARY: A look at the opening of St. Matthew’s Gospel.
By Edward Sri, National Catholic Register, Dec. 17, 2019
I always wonder what the priest is going to do at Mass on the third Tuesday of Advent.
On this day, every priest is faced with a most daunting Advent task: to preach on the long genealogy of Jesus at the opening of Matthew’s Gospel (1:1-17).
This is the marathon of all biblical genealogies, at least as far as the liturgical readings are concerned: a long list of 42 names!
“Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob …”
How boring! Why didn’t Matthew choose a more captivating way to start his Gospel?
As one New Testament scholar put it, “Let’s face it: Other people’s family trees are about as interesting as other people’s holiday videos” (N.T. Wright, Following Jesus: Biblical Reflections on Discipleship).
So what is a priest to do for his homily on this day? Can he really make a dreary list of 42 names come alive in an inspiring and practical way for people today? …
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