When human beings discuss society and culture, we do so with an unstated premise: that there is such a thing as a correct society and that such a society is attainable through correct ideas or actions. Unfortunately—and far from its own ideal—this assumption bolsters self-righteousness, perpetuates societal ills, and amplifies suffering in the world.
The genealogy in Matthew’s gospel undermines and opposes this premise by recounting the perpetual decline of human kingdoms in the Bible, from generation to generation. In doing so, Matthew dismantles our dangerous belief in a utopia, paving instead a path to the Lord’s kingdom: a non-utopia that gives hope in the midst of–and in opposition to–the unideal reality in which every generation finds itself.
Richard and Fr. Marc discuss Matthew 1:10-11.
Episode 226 Matthew 1:10-11; Subscribe: http://feedpress.me/the-bible-as-literature; “Secrets of the Schoolyard” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com (http://incompetech.com/)) Licensed under Creative Commons: B.y Attribution 3.0 License http:// creativecommons .org/ licenses /by/3.0/