Whenever I hear the reading at Mass listing the many ancestors of Christ—it often becomes rhythmic to my ears. However in five spots that soothing rhythm is punctuated with women’s names. Mary—it’s easy to understand her inclusion. But we also have Tamar, the castaway widow, Rahab, the prostitute, Ruth, the destitute foreigner, and Bathsheba, first the wife of Uriah, then of King David. Why do you suppose Matthew included these four particular women in Jesus’ genealogy?
Dear God, although Tamar, Rahab, Ruth,
Bathsheba, and Mary had their divergent circumstances,
you connected them all to the birth of Jesus.
Please make my difficulties and scribbly lines in life work for your glory too!
Let these women remind me that life has many bumps, twists, and turns.
Review Matthew 1:3, 5, 6, and 16 and the in-between verses if desired. If you’re inspired, look up the corresponding verses (they should be listed nearby) to review the stories of these women. How have any challenging paths in your life turned into blessings later on?