This morning was the third of the four-session Fall scripture study/prayer I am offering at Our Lady or Lourdes in Minneapolis, titled from Creation to Annunciation. With an emphasis on prayer, and not just study, the series is designed to help us prepare for our Christmas celebration of the coming of Christ. The first session focused on Creation and Fall and hte second on The Promise of the Old Testament.
I titled today’s session A (Very) Long Advent and our focus was the genealogy of Jesus that opens Matthew’s Gospel. I began with some observations about the two different genealogies in the Gospels – Matthew’s and Luke’s before focusing on Matthew. My hope was to help participants understand why Raymond Brown suggests that this one reading in itself contains the essential theology of the Old and the New Testaments. I also think understanding something of this reading, which we hear proclaimed each year at the beginning of the pre-Christmas octave, contributes to our preparing ourselves for Christmas.
You can access a recording of the my talk here or stream it from the icon below. (The podcast runs for 35:35.)