During the reunion of Bibat-Bentilanon Clan which particularly on my mothers side, then, I was elementary. I remember that there are lots of questions being thrown at me, like: Who are your parents? Who are you? Who are your grandparents? And myself, first time to attend reunion, was known by them because of my parents and grandparents.
In todays Gospel (Matthew 1:1-17), second day of Novena in honor of the Mother of Christ, the Blessed Virgin Mary, we are presented on the Genealogy of Jesus. (Christ Family Tree)
The Family tree of Jesus has many characters and were given responsibilties for Israel. They have great part in the salvation history. Fourteen generations starting from Abraham to David, David to the Babylonian Exile, and from the Babylonian exile to Christ.
Quoting three significant person in the family tree of the Messiah, we have Abram(Abraham). He became the Father of all nations, the Father of faith. He take risks to follow the voice of God in his life. Only by listening to God’s voice he was able to fulfill his responsibility. Another person, a woman named Ruth. She was a moabite before he married Boaz. She became so faithful to God and rejected her former pagan god’Baal’! She become instrument of God and from her offspring Obed came who is the father of Jessie, and Jessie who is the father of King David (From whon the Messiah comes). And the third significant person was no other than King David. He was called the great King. But before he became great, he was not faithful to God and committed sinful acts. He was a sinful person. But, he did not remain there, he reconciled to God.
Though we can see that Christ family was full of sins. A Sinful people. God did not hesitate to bestow on them His graces. They became instruments of God salvific act. God did not look on their sins, but on how they stood up and reconciled themselves to Him.
What could be everyone’s challenge in todays Gospel? It is how we reconnect ourselves to God. We are invited to reconcile ourselves to God especially in the sacrament of Confession. We need to confess our sins! We could not be worthy to receive Christ in Christmas without reconciling ourselves to Him.
Another thing to reflect upon, whatever family tree you came from, a sinful family tree (drunkards, sinners, or gumblers etc.) Everything has purpose. God can make straight the crooked paths of our family trees. What we need to do is look on the will of God in evey situation and reflect.
#Prayer: Loving and Merciful Father, Christ came for us to reconcile us to you, may we able to receive him this season of his birth, may we be courageous always to approach the sacrament of confession, and may we be instruments of love and care towards our brothers and sisters. Amen.