Saturday within the season of Christmas
Mass at noon: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - Thursday at 7p
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00, 11:15am and 7:00pm during the semester
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - André Bessette
Readings for today’s Mass
Today's gospel is Luke's genealogy of Jesus. It begins with Jesus as the son, as was thought, of Joseph, who was the son of Heli, the son of Melea, etc., etc. Matthew's genealogy is quite different from Luke's. For one thing, Matthew names Joseph's father as Jacob not Heli. There is also a big theological difference in the parentage of Jesus. Matthew notes Joseph as the husband of Mary. Of her was born Jesus. Luke begins our understanding of Jesus as the Son of God, the Incarnation. Jesus was the son of Joseph, as was thought! What a strange turn of phrase, the son of Joseph, so they said. i checked several other versions of the gospel; most of them include something like that - so people thought or as was believed. i saw only one that didn't include the phrase in their Bible.
In the ancient middle east, the paternity of a child had everything to do with two bits of info: who claimed a child as his own - in this case Joseph; and who the community acknowledge to be the father - again, Joseph. When Luke writes so people thought, he is saying something that was unknown to the people of the times. We have the benefit of time, tradition and theology. Luke is referring to the Incarnation of Jesus, the Son if God. Remember the angel greeting? Hail, most favored one. Luke's choice of words gives a not so subtle nod to God, not Joseph, as the father of Jesus, tho Joseph filled that role for Jesus - a step dad.
As you pray with Luke's gospel today, think back to the earlier words of an angel. It is a most important verse in the gospel: The holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.