We Are All Sons and Daughters of the King

No matter what the circumstances of our birth, no matter how lowly our station in life, we are all children of God and heirs to the kingdom. We can learn and change and grow in ways that enable us to overcome whatever obstacles life has put in our way.
“The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.” (Matthew 1: 1-17)

At the outset of his Gospel, Matthew established Jesus’ claim to the Kingship of Israel by recording His royal lineage. In the very first sentence, he referred to Jesus as “Christ,” which means the "anointed one." Then he emphasized Jesus’ relationship to Abraham, the father of the Jewish people, and to King David who was to be the progenitor of the Messiah.

Because genealogy was important to the Jewish people Matthew took pains to list 42 of Jesus’ ancestors.
In so doing, Matthew also revealed the mysterious workings of Divine Providence. For example, Isaac, Jacob, Judah and David were not the first-born sons, and had no claim to the throne, yet they were chosen to continue the royal line. Jesus’ ancestry teaches us that DNA is not destiny. Success in life is not a matter of chance but of choice.

No matter what the circumstances of our birth, no matter how lowly our station in life, we are all children of God and heirs to the kingdom. We can learn and change and grow in ways that enable us to overcome whatever obstacles life has put in our way.

Jesus was born in a stable. He spent His early years as an exile in Egypt. His own villagers turned their backs on him. Yet, He became the King of the Jews.

We need not look far to see numerous other examples of people who triumphed against all odds:

  • Oprah Winfrey grew up black and poor and, as a teenager, was molested. When she landed a job in broadcasting, she was asked to change her name, criticized for the way she looked then fired. Yet, she became one of the most influential, and certainly the wealthiest, TV personality.
  • Steven Jobs co-founder of Apple Computer lost out in a power struggle with the company’s Board of Directors and left the company. But he went on to found NeXT, another computer company and Pixar Animation before returning to lead Apple’s resurgence with such innovations as the IPod and IPhone and ITunes.
  • Barack Obama was born to a white American mother and a black Kenyan father, both young college students in Hawaii. When the marriage failed, Barack’s mother married an Indonesian man and moved to Jakarta. Barack returned to Hawaii, where his grandparents helped raise him in a small apartment. His father visited him only once, when Barack was ten. From these humble beginnings, he rose to become President of the United States.

Each of these people had unique talents known only to them and to God. But they refused to let other people’s perceptions determine their destiny. Their most striking talent may have been the ability to persevere in the face of daunting obstacles.

Today’s Gospel is a powerful reminder of the fact that each one of us is capable of achieving great things with and through the grace of God.

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