The genealogy of Jesus found in Matthew's Gospel is often an embarrassment to Lectors. It seems so boring, as the lector goes on and ONNNN, reciting 14 generations from Abraham to David, 14 more from David to the Babylonian Exile, and 14 more from the Exile to Christ. The names sound like a spell or incantation:
Fourth, Bathsheba, who became the mistress of King David, and brought on a moral catastrophe which almost destroyed
Mary, the mother of Jesus, sees her life this way. She says,
Is it important because Scripture has stories we can use at
Those people in the Genealogies who had “faith,” who were believers, what did they believe in? They believed in One God, and they believed that his Anointed One was coming to bring a better law, a better triumph, “something better,” as the Epistle to the Hebrews says.