Micah 5:1-4; Psalm 13:6; Matthew 1:1-16,18-23
Last night when I posted about Mary, I had no idea today was her birthday! Everything I read today, from the morning prayers of the Divine Office to today’s readings, reinforced everything I had heard the night before from John Michael Talbot’s song.
Family history became important to me after my mother’s passing last April. My sister and I made a trek to the city where my her father came from, as I wanted to see his grave. He died when I was teenager and I wasn’t permitted to go to his funeral since I was so young, but since that time, I had wanted to say goodbye in a proper way. I waited 46 years, but I finally got to say my goodbye at the cemetery, and see 4 generations of his family to boot! You can see pictures of our trek here on Facebook.
Everything is connected and in such intimate ways. The hymn from this morning’s Divine Office said it all for me:
Mary the Dawn, Christ the Perfect Day;
Mary the Gate, Christ the Heav’nly Way!
Mary the Root, Christ the Mystic Vine;
Mary the Grape, Christ the Sacred Wine!
Mary the Wheat-sheaf, Christ the Living Bread;
Mary the Rose-Tree, Christ the Rose Blood-red!
Mary the Font, Christ the Cleansing Flood;
Mary the Chalice, Christ the Saving Blood!
Mary the Temple, Christ the Temple’s Lord;
Mary the Shrine, Christ the God adored!
Mary the Beacon, Christ the Haven’s Rest;
Mary the Mirror, Christ the Vision Blest!
Mary the Mother, Christ the Mother’s Son.
Both ever blest while endless ages run.
Mary the Dawn; Medieval English text; Gregorian Tone 4, setting by Paul Crosssung; performed by Kathleen Lundquiest
You can hear it sung here. Click on the Morning Prayer tab and listen to the beginning of the podcast.
The morning prayers also contained a favorite reading from Isaiah about the Shoot from Jesse; I put that reading to music and thought you’d like to hear it. Again, it speaks of connections.
The more I am connected with the Lord, the more I see how all things are connected to and through Him, and to everyone and everything else. It becomes a joyful adventure, recognizing and making these connections.
So even though today’s Gospel reading is a long, long genealogy, take a moment to read it anyway and marvel in all the connections that made the birth of Christ possible. It will give you a new appreciation of your own family history.