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4th SUNDAY OF ADVENT (A) Dec. 22, 2019

Isaiah 7: 10-14 Psalm 24 Romans 1: 1-7 Matthew 1: 18-24

By: Jude Siciliano, OP

 

Mini reflections on the Sunday scripture readings designed for persons on the run. "Faith Book" is also brief enough to be posted in the Sunday parish bulletins people take home.

 

From today’s Gospel reading:

 

Joseph, her husband, since he was a righteous man,

Yet unwilling to expose her to shame,

Decided to divorce her quietly.

 

Reflection:

 

Joseph is a man burdened with heavy concerns. With struggle and difficulty, he has made up his mind to resolve this awkward situation as quietly and lovingly as he can. But then, like Ahaz (in our first reading), he is confronted by a messenger of God. With open mind and willing heart, he risks believing in his dream and then living it into a future. He, with faith and trusting expectation, joins with Mary in bringing to birth God's presence among us – Emmanuel!

 

So, we ask ourselves:

 

As you come to the end of this Advent season:

  • Do you come with a spirit of weariness, unable to imagine a different future?

  • Or, do you come with the spirit of a dreamer who believes that God continues to be Emmanuel, God-with-us, coming in ways unknown before and in ways unexpected?


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