Here are some brief notes for a Advent reflection from Father Raymond Brown
A Coming Christ in Advent
Cheat Sheets of Notes
Saint Matthew account of the genealogy of Jesus contains the
essential theology of the
for the whole Church
- roman Catholic
Brown says Ulrich Zwingli preached it back in the time of the Reformation.
It is the idea of Salvation by Grace.
The genealogy of Jesus is lopsided
- Abraham begets Isaac
- No mention of Ishmael who is a victim here
- Isaac begets Jacob- not a word about Esau-whom Jacob stole his birthright.
- Jacob begets Judah -why is Judah mentioned and not the good and extraordinary Joseph.
Matthew shows God does not necessarily select the most deserving person. It is Salvation by Grace.