Thursday: December 17, 2020

Matthew 1:2,15 Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, Azor the father of Zadok, Zadok the father of Akim, Akim the father of Elihud,

Today’s Gospel could be seen as nothing else but a list of names of people in the genealogy of Jesus. On many occasions, we see this only as such: “a name list” so let’s proceed on that notion. Even as just a list, no matter how new one may be to the scriptures, some names will stand out when you read from the entirety of the text. Notably: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Solomon, David and Joseph.

However, others are just new: Akim, Elihud, Mattan and Zadok. Probably names you have never heard about but you know what, they each appear in the generations leading up to the arrival of Jesus.

Being on stage and in the limelight often appears to be the catch, hence  a motivation for many of us. Finding ourselves in the backstage and away from the spotlight is thus an uncomfortable place, dare I even say, an unwanted place. Beloved, there are usually a few spotlights and barely enough room to fit the entire cast and crew on stage in many theatre production yet, the success or failure of these depend on both those who are in the spotlight and those who are not.

Just like there is an individual in front  of the lens of a camera, there will be another behind it. Simply put, not all of us are meant for the spotlight because that isn’t where we actually shine brightest. It will surprise you that even away from the limelight and being located behind scenes, you can become an individual who is the embodiment of honour, favour and recognition. It is actually about realising on which side of the camera your purpose lies.


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