Today I celebrated Mass twice, so it was my privilege to read Matthew’s genealogy of Jesus twice.
Fr Ray points out this video which explains the fascinating detail of the genealogies of Jesus, and how they prove Jesus to be Son of David, Son of Adam, Son of Abraham and Son of God.
Take time to listen and learn. It’s something rich for Advent.
Reading Eusebius right now, and he covers a bunch of this early in the book… it was fascinating!Now to take a listen to this!-g-
Ok, just gotta say AMEN! to That!That was a great detailed and yet simply put lesson!Thanks Fr. D!I already knew that in a round about way, but the visualization solidified this in my brain.-g-
Father, Perhaps you would know better than I would, but the way the video presented how Jesus received his humanity solely from his mother, seems to provide a jumping place for a protestant to attest to the Immaculate Conception?Just the way I saw it through my cradle Catholic lens
I sometimes wonder if these genealogies of Christ slipped into the Gospels despite the warning in the epistles against fables, myths, and endless genealogies. The fact that they made it into the Gospels shows that they really were concerned as to who was the Christ.
Thank you, Father. Details like this are inspirational. I remember reading something similar in Eusebius’ history, as Mr. Weis also notes.
Chris,Not necessarily. I am one, and that doesn’t push the point in my opinion. The only thing that does tickle my brain is the fact that tradition although not explicitly stated early on leans toward that belief. However, for a Protestant… especially the Biblicist stock, they want clear textual, scriptural proof. If it isn’t there, and rather they feel there is evidence for the opposite, they won’t agree, no matter what tradition says.On that note, as a Protestant from that particular corner (which I was raised) I see the Historical support for the Roman Catholic Church, yet my heart doesn’t align with that, and remains in speculation.-g-
George,Standing on the outside looking in is a difficult place to be. I know, I have been there. Consider St. Anselm’s words. “Nor do I seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe that I may understand. For this, too, I believe, that, unless I first believe, I shall not understand.”Sometimes it takes a leap of faith.
Hey, I hear ya Obpoet! The thing is, with Catholic Dogma, there are many things I could easily believe in. The Real Presence is something I could easily believe in and yet I don’t. I even see the Historical evidence in the ECFs that point in that direction as well as some decent nods towards the immaculate conception, but I remain skeptical… don’t know why… just do.I know that I do not lack faith in God, but am leery about things such as this, which there isn’t an explicit biblical answer. Tough for me to shake off the need for that no matter what other evidence there is.Blessings to you,-g-
Yes, those feelings will persist for sometime, and likely forever from the outside. Maybe it is like a new coat on the shop rack. You think it looks too fancy for your taste. But when you try it on, you find it fits perfectly, and the style is far more becoming than you would have guessed. Somehow, both you and the world look better.Even scripture says it’s not all in the Bible (end of John). God’s message is just too vast and complex to be confined to a book. I think what helped me make the jump, besides faith, was seeing how denominations are crumbling one by one under the weigth of their heresies. Once I saw that, I swam straight for the Rock.