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The Gospel of Matthew opens with a long genealogy of Jesus that we hear (or stumble over!) once a year at the Christmas Vigil Mass. This genealogy is both a remarkable theological work and deeply Jewish, serving as the link between the Hebrew Scriptures and the legitimation of Jesus the Messiah. There is perhaps no better time to enter into this genealogy than during the Lenten season, as we reflect upon the cycle of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. This talk will explore the background to Matthew’s Gospel; examine Matthew’s genealogy, in particular the theological value of four women included in the line of Jesus; and engage deeply with the story of one of these women as told in the book of Ruth. The goal of this talk is to join heart and mind, connecting more intimately with Jesus through the mysteries of Scripture and the power of his ancestral line according to Matthew.


Mahri Leonard-Fleckman is an assistant professor of Hebrew Bible in theTheology Department at Providence College (Providence, RI). Previously, she was an assistant professor at the University of Scranton, and from 2014-2015 she was an instructor in Hartford’s Catholic Biblical School. She is the author of two books, including the recent Book of Ruth for the Wisdom Biblical Commentary Series (Liturgical Press), and a regular contributor for Give Us This Day: Daily Prayer for Today’s Catholic (Liturgical Press).

Donations will be accepted to the Sr. Jewel Renna Scholarship Fund, supporting Catholic Biblical School students who need assistance funding their CBS education. Checks should be made to “OEEC.” In case of inclement weather call (860) 242-5573.


For more information, please contact:
BJ Daly Horell
Archdiocesan Director of the Catholic Biblical School
860-242-5573 ext. 2679