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Staying Catholic at Christmas. A Gospel reading for the scandal in the church

Posted On: Jan 4, 2019   |   Posted By: Happy Catholic

I'm a little behind on my blog reading but this piece works for any time of year, I think. I really liked this linking of the "begats" to the current scandal.
Anyway, I myself like it when we dig into the boring parts and pull out the plum of deeper meaning that speaks to us here and now. I need to be reminded of Christ's lineage and what it means... and what the gospel writers were saying.
Go read the whole thing, but here's some of what I liked.
If you only know the Bible vaguely, this litany of names probably sounds a bit pompous, an attempt to elevate the infant Jesus by linking him to great patriarchs and noble kings. But the truth is roughly the opposite: The more you know about Genesis or Chronicles or Kings, the more remarkable it is that Matthew announced the birth of the son of God by linking him to a pack of egregious sinners.
Take a line like “Judah begat Perez and Zerah of Tamar.” Just a typical nuclear family, right? Here's McCabe with the real story: “Judah slept... by mistake, with his...

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