Scripture readings; Mathew 1:1-16 and Mathew 22:23-33
Matthew 1:1-16 recites Jesus genealogy ad nauseum. How many begets does it take to tie Jesus to the promise of David and Abraham? If we look closer, Jesus’ lineage is spotty; some ancestors are extraordinarily holy and brave others extraordinarily awful. All shape Jesus and Christianity.
The same is true of us, we are shaped by the ancestors we are biologically linked to and those we adopt. On all Saints Day we remember those that have passed before us, our biological and adopted ancestors.