One of the most conspicuous indicators that Jesus wanted to share our human condition fully is that he chose to be born from a line of ancestors which represents a great variety of people, good and bad. Perez, Judah’s son, was the result of incest; Salmon, great-great-grandfather of David, was the son of a prostitute; Rehoboam was a foolish king; and Ahab was a thoroughly wicked king. Matthew doesn’t even list him (Mt 1). Ruth, David’s great-grandmother, was a poor young woman and a foreigner.
For Matthew, the importance was that Jesus was of the line of David and the promised Messiah. We can see Jesus’ family tree as a sign of his immersing himself in the earthiness and contradictions of our world. From all that, Jesus emerges as the Holy One sent by his Father and the savior of the world. Our own family trees and even our own personal histories do not doom us to be failures in the sight of God. God can make us holy, that is, one with God.
Lord, deliver me from excuses. Help me to recognize the opportunities which you send. Make me over to become like you.