The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ,
the son of David, the son of Abraham.
Abraham became the father of Isaac,
Isaac the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers.
Judah became the father of Perez and Zerah,
whose mother was Tamar.
Perez became the father of Hezron,
Hezron the father of Ram,
Ram the father of Amminadab.
Amminadab became the father of Nahshon,
Nahshon the father of Salmon,
Salmon the father of Boaz,
whose mother was Rahab.
Boaz became the father of Obed,
whose mother was Ruth.
Obed became the father of Jesse,
Jesse the father of David the king.
David became the father of Solomon,
whose mother had been the wife of Uriah.
Solomon became the father of Rehoboam,
Rehoboam the father of Abijah,
Abijah the father of Asaph.
Asaph became the father of Jehoshaphat,
Jehoshaphat the father of Joram,
Joram the father of Uzziah.
Uzziah became the father of Jotham,
Jotham the father of Ahaz,
Ahaz the father of Hezekiah.
Hezekiah became the father of Manasseh,
Manasseh the father of Amos,
Amos the father of Josiah.
Josiah became the father of Jechoniah and his brothers
at the time of the Babylonian exile.
After the Babylonian exile,
Jechoniah became the father of Shealtiel,
Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,
Zerubbabel the father of Abiud.
Abiud became the father of Eliakim,
Eliakim the father of Azor,
Azor the father of Zadok.
Zadok became the father of Achim,
Achim the father of Eliud,
Eliud the father of Eleazar.
Eleazar became the father of Matthan,
Matthan the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary.
Of her was born Jesus who is called the Christ.
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,
It seems right that the reading would be a list today as we get closer to the feast and the holiday season is in full swing. Lists are how we keep track of things, lists are how we stay on top of all we have to do, lists can show us where we’ve been and where we’re headed. Lists can feel heavy, long-winded, trivial.
The Advent reading for today is a list, a list of names, a history, a telling of the story before the story. It shows us the lineage of the Messiah, keeps track of where we’ve been and where we’re headed. It can feel heavy, long-winded, trivial and yet, what we can learn from this list in the book of Matthew is that each of the names here are more than names just as the lists we make today and every day are more than words, more than tasks.
Add something to your list today that mirrors the list above. Each of the people on this list had a role to play in the grander picture, the coming of Christ. What can you add to your list to mirror this?
Gratitude? Joy? Peace? Family?
Our position today is called Harvest and it is a moving position. Beginning in Strength (the position yesterday) bring your hands down toward the mat and “scoop” upward. It is a visual representation of the fruits of the Harvest. Use this position and the anchor you have adopted or the thought of what you’ve added to your list today to remind yourself that your list is moving toward a very specific goal, the celebration of Christ’s coming into the world!