An account of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers.
and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called the Messiah. So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David to the deportation to Babylon, fourteen generations; and from the deportation to Babylon to the Messiah, fourteen generations.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
As a boy, I got so excited anytime our dad told us bedtime stories. Whether it was the tale of the Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks, or the Tortoise and the Hare, I loved the danger of hungry wolves, fuming bears and looming finish lines.
Our early church parents must have valued well-told stories too. While most scholars agree that Matthew’s gospel wasn’t the first written, it makes sense coming at the start of the New Testament. People once believed it had been composed first. It contained a lot of Jesus’ teaching not found in other gospels. It also had a Jewish flavor that helped make it a logical bridge between Old and New Testaments. These are some of the reasons the early church placed Matthew’s gospel first in order among the four accounts.
What gifts await us in the story of Jesus that begins with a genealogy rich in faith and hope?
—Joe Kraemer, S.J., a Jesuit scholastic of the California province, is studying philosophy at Fordham University.
O Wisdom of our God Most High,
guiding creation with power and love:
come to teach us the path of knowledge!