Monday of the Third Week of Advent

Gn 49:2, 8-10; Ps 72:1-2, 3-4, 7-8, 17; Mt 1:1-17

It seems over the last few years people have become intrigued (if not somewhat obsessed) with the ability to access information about their nationality and heritage. There is certainly a value to understand one’s history and perhaps grasp how you evolved into this present moment in time. As good as technology is there is always the flip side unfortunately where one becomes exposed to all manner of vulnerability once your history is accessible by those who have negative motives (like a lion recumbent!).I am blessed to have had a father who did all the geneology research himself and instilled the value of this in his children. I remember the first time I saw “Inherit the Wind” and the challenge to the Bible by all “the begats” and how that happened. My faith teaches me that God puts us in His plan with gifts of wisdom from those who preceded us…to understand it we just have to listen.

Thanks Dad…Rest in Peace!

Br. Philip Herte, O.S.F.