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The Family Tree

Dec 30

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In many ways, this is the easiest bulletin column to write every year. It can be as simple as expounding on the theme of: Jesus was born into a family, make your family like the Holy Family!

But it never seems quite that simple, does it? After all, every human relationship is impacted by the entrance of sin into the world and we do not have Jesus at the physical center of our life as a constant reminder to ‘do whatever He tells you’ to do!

And even further along, when you start to look at the hidden cracks deeper in the family history of Jesus, you start to realize that His family tree, at least, is just as messed up as ours! There are skeletons hiding in His closet, too! What are they? Who are they?

Looking at the beginning of Matthew’s narrative of the life of Jesus, there is a long list of ancestors of Jesus, reaching all the way back to Abraham. While there are many on that list that we know nothing about, there are several on the list who are, perhaps, less than desirable to have in one’s family tree… For example: David, the king, was an adulterer; Rahab was a ‘lady of the night,’ so to speak; others committed murder and/or fratricide; foreigners; migrants; etc. In short, the family tree of Jesus is full of colorful and real people.

This should give us all great comfort, too; because if even Jesus has an interesting family history, it is ok if we have an interesting family history. And if God can bring His Son into the world through a family with all this crazy past, what can He do in your family, too?

So even though we all attempt and strive to be as close to the Holy Family as possible, it is still ok that we have color in our lives; because even God had color in His life!

On a completely different and unrelated note, I certainly want to thank all those who helped make our Christmas liturgies such a beautiful experience at both Corpus Christi and St. John Neumann. There are so many details that go into making the celebration of Jesus’ Birth a special and unique moment; many of which happen without my knowledge, too! On behalf of both parish staffs, I am very grateful to all the hard work that happens to prepare our parishes for the coming of Christ

Finally, in a second unrelated note, please know of my prayers for you all as we dive into the New Year this week. There is never a better time to strive to be something more and something greater than with the start of a new calendar year. I pray that Jesus blesses you abundantly during this year and that we all grow and increase our appreciation for the gifts He constantly bestows!

God Bless,
Fr. Kyle Schnippel


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