Saturday of the Third Week


Gn 49:2, 8-10
Ps 72:1-2, 3-4ab, 7-8, 17
Mt 1:1-17


Today’s Gospel reading from Matthew is not the most inspiring message we can read in the Bible. It is the genealogy from Abraham to David to Jesus. And although it may seem to be a long list of historical figures we know nothing about, to me it speaks to the great connection of faith that unites peoples across history.
When I read this genealogy, I can’t but think about my Grandpa Sal, who recently passed away after a long battle with health problems. He was one of the most authentic people you could meet and always made you feel loved. Since his passing, I have had time to reflect on the love and laughter-filled moments we shared together and the stories he would tell me about the different episodes of his life. Each story always involved characters (usually himself and one of his buddies), a plot (often he and his friend were in a tricky predicament) and a lesson (that usually ended “And, Andrew don’t do what I did"). These stories were windows into who he was and what he was all about: a devoted husband, father, friend, and grandfather. Like Mathew who details the generations between Abraham and David and Jesus, Grandpa Sal’s stories painted a picture of the many people who have had profound impact on his life.
You see, Advent is all about the stories that the Church tells us to prepare for Christmas. The genealogy found in Matthew tells us a story of the relationships we come from and those we build in the future. Grandpa Sal is as much a part of me as I am of him and his stories and life will continue to provide joy to my children and those that will come after me. By knowing where we come from and knowing where we are going, we are able to unite ourselves with the many saints that have been a part of our lives, like my Grandpa Sal. And in doing so, prepare well to receive the light promised at Christmas.

-Andrew McMillin, Assistant Director, University Ministry