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One of the key features of Matthew and Luke’s telling of the birth of Jesus is genealogy. The Gospel authors want to capture the long history of God’s love from generation to generation. God’s Messianic vision didn’t materialize overnight, but it has been building through human hands and hearts.
For debated scholarly reasons, we hear and read that Matthew pays particular attention to the patrilineal family of Israel, while Luke follows the matrilineal genealogy. Sometimes God used the mother’s family and other times God’s blessing flowed through the fathers. But Israel always had a piece of that steadfast faithfulness.
We are acutely aware that the “post pandemic pendulum of busy” has swung back hard. And now it is the season when it is easy to get “wrapped up”—wrapped up in shopping, decorating, and calendar management. Wrapped up in paper and ribbons. Wrapped up in the challenge of family personalities and the battle of traditions.
You who are precious in God’s sight are invited to set down that busy, to unwrap, to be. This year, I invite you to use the season of Advent as a time of unwrapping.