The gospel of Matthew begins with a list.
Kings. Patriarchs. Nobodies.
The prominent. The peasants.
Nomads. Captives. Slaves.
They all had a role to play in God’s redemption story.
The story the prophets had spoken.
The prophets told of more than Jesus’s birth, though.
While we may not be listed in the lineage of Christ,
We have a part in the unfolding redemption story.
All of us.
Known and unknown.
Ordinary and extraordinary.
We are all part of His list.