A Catholic Monthly Magazine

Tuesday 17 December

Genesis 49:2, 8-10; Psalm 72:1-4, 7-8, 17; Matthew 1:1-17

A mighty throng

Today’s gospel is not just a boring list of unpronounceable names. It is our Judeo-Christian whakapapa or genealogy. Whakapapa weaves us together with those who have ever lived, and will live, into the tapestry of creation. There is an unbroken chain of believers linking you back to where the list in the gospel ends. How far back can you trace your Christian ancestors? We are the leading edge of a mighty throng.

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