A family record of Jesus Christ, son of David . . . Judah was the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar . . . Salmon was the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab … Boaz was the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth . . . David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been the wife of Uriah. . . .
Today’s gospel is a long list of Jesus’ family tree, 45 names in all. His entrance into human society was well documented. But this is more than a simple genealogy. Four women are introduced. Some called them sinful outcasts, blemishes on the family record. None of them were Jews. Yet Jesus could be proud of his great-great-grandmothers because each of them ‘took the kingdom of God by storm.” They
surmounted obstacles and showed initiative. God’s plan could not have continued without them.
TAMAR, RAHAB, RUTH, AND BATHSHEBA SPEAK TO YOU
“Blessed are you if you prepare for the coming of Jesus the way we did. Nothing in your life could be as frustrating as the difficulties we faced. And we didn’t give up. Read our stories in the Bible. We knew our necessary link with the loving plan of God, and we did something about it. We helped God’s plan continue. You can do the same. Blessed are you if you do not get discouraged.”
Jesus, help me to be strong, as strong as these ancestors were. Give me the courage to change, when change is called for; and the patience and self-composure to stay with what can’t be changed. And, like all the saints, Lord, give me the wisdom that can discover new ways to appreciate your gifts. Amen.