We are one novena away from Christmas Day. The Church shares with us a selection from St. Matthew's gospel that puts forward the genealogy of Jesus. We have read it or heard it many times. There were fourteen generations between Abraham and David, another fourteen generations from David to the Babylonian exile and a third fourteen generations from the Babylonian exile to the Christ. But included within these generations leading to the birth of Jesus there is a remarkable fact that most people pass over without any awareness. That fact is simply this: included in the generational lines are five women!!! Yes, women!!! This is a most extraordinary fact for the times in which St. Matthew was living. As we know, women did not count for much.
These five women --