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DG BookGospel: Mt 1:1-16, 18-23*
This is the account of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, son of David, son of Abraham.
Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and
his brothers. Judah was the father of Perez and Zerah (their mother was Tamar), Perez was the father
of Hezron, and Hezron of Aram. (...) Salmon was the father of Boaz. His mother was Rahab. Boaz was the father


of Obed. His mother was Ruth. Obed was the father of Jesse. Jesse was the father of David, the king. David
was the father of Solomon. His mother had been Uriah’s wife. (...) Eliud. Eliud was the father of Eleazar, Eleazar
of Matthan, and Matthan of Jacob. Jacob was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, and from her came Jesus
who is called the Christ - the Messiah. This is how Jesus Christ was born. Mary his mother had been given to Joseph
in marriage but before they lived together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Then Joseph, her
husband, made plans to divorce her in all secrecy. (...) While he was pondering over this, an angel of the Lord appeared
to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, descendant of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. She has
conceived by the Holy Spirit, and now she will bear a son. You shall call him ‘Jesus’ for he will save his people
from their sins.” (...)

 

Reflection:

On the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin
Mary, our gospel today narrates the bloodline of
our Savior. It is peopled by interesting persons. Some
have unsavory character yet the gospel writer did not
shy away from mentioning them. This is perhaps to
drive the point that the incarnation is not a sham
or an afterthought. It is a purposive decision of God.
And with regard to Jesus’ earthly parents, it is through
Mary that He became man. But again, Joseph is
not an afterthought. He was chosen for a specific
purpose. The Messiah must come from the stock
of Jesse, along the Davidic line. This is what Joseph
provided. And so, on the Nativity of Mary, we are
reminded of the purpose why she was born on earth.
Her birthday is for a mission. A singular mission not given
to anybody before. She is born to be the mother of
the Son of God.

 

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