Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will raise up a righteous shoot to David…

After yesterday’s confession about what deterred me from the priesthood, I decided to look up a different perspective on the genealogy of Christ. I’m not a biblical scholar by any means, but I did know where to find another source by listening to Catholic Answer’s Live last night on the way home from work. Somebody called in with the exact same question and the second version of the Christ’s genealogy is given in the third chapter of Luke, starting at verse 23. I must be honest here, if I had seen this genealogy before I saw the one from Matthew’s Gospel (proclaimed yesterday) – I would still be the happily married man I am today. They had some tough names back in the day (I’m sticking with my comment about “Bob”).

The Genealogy of Jesus.*23q When Jesus began his ministry he was about thirty years of age. He was the son, as was thought, of Joseph, the son of Heli,r24 the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melchi, the son of Jannai, the son of Joseph,25the son of Mattathias, the son of Amos, the son of Nahum, the son of Esli, the son of Naggai,26the son of Maath, the son of Mattathias, the son of Semein, the son of Josech, the son of Joda,27the son of Joanan, the son of Rhesa, the son of Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, the son of Neri,s28the son of Melchi, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son of Elmadam, the son of Er,29the son of Joshua, the son of Eliezer, the son of Jorim, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi,30the son of Simeon, the son of Judah, the son of Joseph, the son of Jonam, the son of Eliakim,31t the son of Melea, the son of Menna, the son of Mattatha, the son of Nathan, the son of David,*32 the son of Jesse,u the son of Obed, the son of Boaz, the son of Sala, the son of Nahshon,33 the son of Amminadab, the son of Admin, the son of Arni, the son of Hezron, the son of Perez,v the son of Judah,w34the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham,x the son of Terah, the son of Nahor,35 the son of Serug, the son of Reu, the son of Peleg, the son of Eber, the son of Shelah,36 the son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem,y the son of Noah, the son of Lamech,37the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Mahalaleel, the son of Cainan,38 the son of Enos, the son of Seth, the son of Adam,z the son of God.

(Editor’s note – I had to add to the dictionary just about every name listed in this genealogy because it didn’t recognize their spellings…the one name it did recognize – Zerubbabel!! Go figure.)

So why the fascination with these genealogies? I’m not really sure, but I do find them interesting. I also read the footnotes in regards to this Luke genealogy…and found them to be interesting too in their contrast to Matthew’s.

* [3:2338] Whereas Mt 1:2 begins the genealogy of Jesus with Abraham to emphasize Jesus’ bonds with the people of Israel, Luke’s universalism leads him to trace the descent of Jesus beyond Israel to Adam and beyond that to God (Lk 3:38) to stress again Jesus’ divine sonship.

I’ve always found reading the footnotes enlightens my understanding of the works written in our Bible; I trust them to be written by Biblical Scholars and enjoy the perspective they give me . After reading Today’s Gospel concerning the birth of Christ through the pen of Matthew, I found myself taking issue with the footnotes written concerning the perpetual virginity of Mary. Here is the footnote I’m referencing…

* [1:25] Until she bore a son: the evangelist is concerned to emphasize that Joseph was not responsible for the conception of Jesus. The Greek word translated “until” does not imply normal marital conduct after Jesus’ birth, nor does it exclude it.

NOR DOES IT EXCLUDE IT? My catholic faith has always taught me to exclude that thought, so why is it that footnote ends in such ambiguity? Curious minds want to know, so I went to another Catholic website asking the question to try and support my belief against this statement.

https://www.catholic.com/tract/mary-ever-virgin

This is the information the above website offered…

Most Protestants claim that Mary bore children other than Jesus. To support their claim, these Protestants refer to the biblical passages which mention the “brethren of the Lord.” As explained in the Catholic Answers tract Brethren of the Lord, neither the Gospel accounts nor the early Christians attest to the notion that Mary bore other children besides Jesus. The faithful knew, through the witness of Scripture and Tradition, that Jesus was Mary’s only child and that she remained a lifelong virgin.

An important historical document which supports the teaching of Mary’s perpetual virginity is the Protoevangelium of James, which was written probably less than sixty years after the conclusion of Mary’s earthly life (around A.D. 120), when memories of her life were still vivid in the minds of many.

According to the world-renowned patristics scholar, Johannes Quasten: “The principal aim of the whole writing [Protoevangelium of James] is to prove the perpetual and inviolate virginity of Mary before, in, and after the birth of Christ” (Patrology, 1:120–1).

The Protoevangelium of James

“And behold, an angel of the Lord stood by [St. Anne], saying, ‘Anne! Anne! The Lord has heard your prayer, and you shall conceive and shall bring forth, and your seed shall be spoken of in all the world.’ And Anne said, ‘As the Lord my God lives, if I beget either male or female, I will bring it as a gift to the Lord my God, and it shall minister to him in the holy things all the days of its life.’ . . . And [from the time she was three] Mary was in the temple of the Lord as if she were a dove that dwelt there” (Protoevangelium of James 4, 7 [A.D. 120]).

“And when she was twelve years old there was held a council of priests, saying, ‘Behold, Mary has reached the age of twelve years in the temple of the Lord. What then shall we do with her, lest perchance she defile the sanctuary of the Lord?’ And they said to the high priest, ‘You stand by the altar of the Lord; go in and pray concerning her, and whatever the Lord shall manifest to you, that also will we do.’ . . . [A]nd he prayed concerning her, and behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him saying, ‘Zechariah! Zechariah! Go out and assemble the widowers of the people and let them bring each his rod, and to whomsoever the Lord shall show a sign, his wife shall she be. . . . And Joseph [was chosen]. . . . And the priest said to Joseph, ‘You have been chosen by lot to take into your keeping the Virgin of the Lord.’ But Joseph refused, saying, ‘I have children, and I am an old man, and she is a young girl’” (ibid., 8–9).

“And Annas the scribe came to him [Joseph] . . . and saw that Mary was with child. And he ran away to the priest and said to him, ‘Joseph, whom you did vouch for, has committed a grievous crime.’ And the priest said, ‘How so?’ And he said, ‘He has defiled the virgin whom he received out of the temple of the Lord and has married her by stealth’” (ibid., 15).

“And the priest said, ‘Mary, why have you done this? And why have you brought your soul low and forgotten the Lord your God?’ . . . And she wept bitterly saying, ‘As the Lord my God lives, I am pure before him, and know not man’” (ibid.).

So I hold firm to my belief that Mary ever virgin is still a proper title for her. I hope this post helps in your understanding of our Blessed Mother, a woman that all generations should call Blessed…my generation was taught this and I am passing this belief on to my children and their children too.

This might seems like a wordy post, but I didn’t want to leave you without sharing our Responsorial Psalm with you for today – a very beautiful prayer to reflect on throughout the day.

Responsorial Psalm

PS 72:1-2, 12-13, 18-19R.  (see 7) Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
O God, with your judgment endow the king,
and with your justice, the king’s son;
He shall govern your people with justice
and your afflicted ones with judgment.
R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
For he shall rescue the poor when he cries out,
and the afflicted when he has no one to help him.
He shall have pity for the lowly and the poor;
the lives of the poor he shall save.
R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel,
who alone does wondrous deeds.
And blessed forever be his glorious name;
may the whole earth be filled with his glory.
R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.

Do something great for our Lord today – proclaim His glorious name to all around you – not just in word but by your actions. Live your life as a holy man or woman of God; be that light in the darkness; be that window through which people can see Christ. In that way, the whole earth will be filled with His glory.

God’s will, not mine, be done.

Be not afraid; just have faith.

Jesus, I trust in You.

He must increase; I must decrease.

Lord, if You wish, You can make me clean.

But you man of God chose righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience and gentleness. Compete well for the faith.

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