A Reflection for the Third Week of Advent by Sr. Donna Fannon, MHSH
On Saturday of this Third Week of Advent the Gospel is taken from the beginning of Matthew’s Gospel—the Genealogy of Jesus (Mt 1:1-17). As we meditate on this list of Jesus’ ancestors we might remember that as human beings we do not live in isolation. Each of us is related to a collection of people who have gone before us. We are all part of the web of life.
If we look carefully at this list of men and women that begins with Abraham and concludes with Mary we might be reminded that Jesus’ family tree is not so different from our own, containing many people who have done good deeds, some who have taken advantage of others, some who have lived in troubling relationships, and all who have succumbed to sin in one way or another. We might also notice that some were Gentiles and some were pagans.
How comforting for us to have so much in common with the Holy Family…to know that Jesus is flesh of our flesh and bone of our bone.
- How seriously do I reflect on my unique genealogy?
- Do I consider the gifts I have received through my ancestors? Can I give thanks for them…and find ways to share them with others? How can I help to “build up the Kingdom” with these gifts?
- How do I treat the unsavory parts of my genealogy (and my personality)? Can I accept myself as I am? Can I accept others as they are?
- Can I name some of my shortcomings and work on softening the rough edges? Can I find ways to be happy living in an imperfect world?