Friends, today we read the opening lines of Matthew’s Gospel—the first words that one reads in the New Testament. They are a listing of the genealogy of Jesus, the forty-two generations that stretch from Abraham to Christ. If the Word truly dwelt among us, then he was part of a family that, like most, was fairly dysfunctional—a mix of the good and bad. And this is such good news for us.

Let me highlight just two figures from Jesus’ family. First, Ruth, who was not an Israelite but rather a Moabite, a foreigner. Some of you reading this feel like outsiders, not part of the “in” crowd, looked at askance by others. Well, the Messiah came forth from Ruth the foreigner and was pleased to be her relative.

Then there is Rahab, a prostitute living and working in Jericho. Are there people reading these words who feel like Rahab? Who think that their whole lives have been sunk in sin? Well, the Messiah came forth from Rahab the prostitute, and he was pleased to be her relative. 

The good news of Christmas is that God himself pushed into the dysfunctional and ambiguous family of man.

Gospel Reflections

Daily Gospel Reflections from Bishop Barron

3rd week of Advent

Saturday

December 17

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Friday

December 16

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Thursday

December 15

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Wednesday

December 14

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Tuesday

December 13

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Monday

December 12

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Our Lady of Guadalupe

Sunday

December 11

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2nd week of Advent

Saturday

December 10

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Friday

December 9

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Thursday

December 8

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Immaculate Conception

Wednesday

December 7

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Tuesday

December 6

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Monday

December 5

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Sunday

December 4

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1st week of Advent

Saturday

December 3

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Friday

December 2

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Thursday

December 1

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Wednesday

November 30

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Tuesday

November 29

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Monday

November 28

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Sunday

November 27

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34th week of Ordinary Time

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November 26

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Friday

November 25

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Thursday

November 24

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Wednesday

November 23

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Tuesday

November 22

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Monday

November 21

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Sunday

November 20

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Christ the King

33rd week of Ordinary Time

Saturday

November 19

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Friday

November 18

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Thursday

November 17

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Wednesday

November 16

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Tuesday

November 15

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Monday

November 14

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Sunday

November 13

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32nd week of Ordinary Time

Saturday

November 12

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Friday

November 11

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Thursday

November 10

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Wednesday

November 9

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Tuesday

November 8

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Monday

November 7

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Sunday

November 6

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31st week of Ordinary Time

Saturday

November 5

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Friday

November 4

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Thursday

November 3

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Wednesday

November 2

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All Souls

Tuesday

November 1

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All Saints

Monday

October 31

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