Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 1, 1-16, 18-23
An account of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Aram, and Aram the father of Aminadab, and Aminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon, and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of King David.
And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah, and Solomon the father of Rehoboam, and Rehoboam the father of Abijah, and Abijah the father of Asaph, and Asaph the father of Jehoshaphat, and Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, and Joram the father of Uzziah, and Uzziah the father of Jotham, and Jotham the father of Ahaz, and Ahaz the father of Hezekiah, and Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, and Manasseh the father of Amos, and Amos the father of Josiah, and Josiah the father of Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon.
And after the deportation to Babylon: Jechoniah was the father of Salathiel, and Salathiel the father of Zerubbabel, and Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, and Abiud the father of Eliakim, and Eliakim the father of Azor, and Azor the father of Zadok, and Zadok the father of Achim, and Achim the father of Eliud, and Eliud the father of Eleazar, and Eleazar the father of Matthan, and Matthan the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called the Messiah.
Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.’ All this took place to fulfil what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet:
‘Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall name him Emmanuel’,
which means, ‘God is with us.’
When you look at your roots, it reminds you of your objective
1) Where you come from. It is important to look at your past. To look at how you have lived your life, where you come from, what your family is like, and what your family has taught you. How many things do we learn by looking at our roots and the values that have influenced our life! There is a saying in Spanish, “if you want to get to know a person, look at their family.”
2) The mission: We are all called upon to complete a mission in life. You are the only one that can accomplish this mission. You must understand that this mission is for the good of others and it will make you happy if you fulfill it. You can refuse the mission, but it will lead to sadness and distrust.
3) The consecrated. Today, we celebrate those who are consecrated. We celebrate the birth of the Virgin Mary. We must be thankful to God for Mary and for all those who are consecrated. I think about all the cloistered monks and nuns that pray for us on a daily basis with their silent work. They dedicate their lives to God and use this dedication to speak to God about us and for us. We are very thankful for these people that give their lives, who live in community and give themselves every day fully and generously to God. There are many orders of monks and nuns that have embraced God like Mary did and the proof of their love is that they embrace chastity, poverty, and obedience.
Thank you! Thank you for embracing God and answering only to God through your charisma. Thank you for your life of prayer that helps us grow closer to God! Thank you for your mission that helps us all reach heaven.
Always remember that Heaven is our goal! God bless you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.