Capsule for the Day
Growing up, the genealogy of Jesus didn't make much sense to me. I found it then very boring. "Why would Matthew begin his Gospel with this boring passage", I questioned and wondered. But Matthew was a Jew. He wrote to a Jewish audience who found the passage very revealing.
The genealogy is divided into three groups of 14 generations. David is the protagonist of all the groups. The first group climaxes in the Kingdom of David. The second anti-climaxes in the fall of the Kingdom of David and the last group witnesses the rise of the new Kingdom of the Son of David.
The question is why David. First, he was a "man after God's heart". But he was also a man who committed grave sins. Why will God choose David, a sinful man as His ancestor? It's the mystery that draws us to the manger, to what St. John Vianney describes as God's act of humility.
Fr. Francis Afu