Monday of the Third Week


GN 49: 2, 8-10

MT 1: 1-17


“Thus the total number of generations
from Abraham to David
is fourteen generations;
from David to the Babylonian exile, fourteen generations;
from the Babylonian exile to the Christ,
fourteen generations.”

In today’s Gospel reading, we read about the genealogy of Jesus, the forty-two generations of family members who came before him. From Abraham all the way to Jacob, father of Joseph, husband of Mary – 42 generations covers a lot of ground!  

In my own family history, I know that 6 generations ago, my great-great-great-grandparents traveled across the sea from Ireland to start a better life in the United States for themselves and their future generations of family members. Although 6 generations of familial knowledge seems minuscule compared to Jesus’ 42 generations, I began to reflect on the sacrifices of my ancestors who came before me, people who made conscious decisions to better my future, before I even existed.

As I connect this gospel reading to current day, my thoughts turn to the thousands of migrant women, children and men who have fled their homes and communities in search of a safe place to live for not only themselves, but for their future generations, just as my ancestors did 6 generations ago.

As we continue on during this season of Advent, may we all say a prayer of gratitude for the generations of family members who carved the path before us. Let us also keep those who are still in the midst of seeking protection from violence, inequality and corruption in the forefront our prayers. Our faith calls us to love our brothers and sisters in Christ, especially the stranger we have yet to meet.

Katie Wilson, ‘09
Director of Service Learning and Retreats
Academy of Our Lady of Peace