FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT

FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT

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Our readings today proclaim to us over and over: the son who is to be born is “God with us.” These are proclamations of salvation, God taking on our humanity so that we can be drawn into His divinity.

The first reading, from the Prophet Isaiah, gives us this prophecy, which is first proclaimed to Ahaz, but which was accepted by many in the Jewish tradition as a foretelling of the Messiah to come, who will save His people. We Christians believe that the prophecy is fulfilled in Jesus.

The second reading is from the letter to the Romans. This reading states clearly the humanity of Jesus, because He is descended from David according to the flesh. Yet is also proclaims Jesus as Son of God, as true God, because of His resurrection from the dead. The resurrection is always the point where the followers of Jesus finally believe completely that Jesus is Lord, Jesus is God, Jesus is Messiah and Savior.

Matthew’s Gospel today brings us back to the birth of the Savior. Matthew states without any conditions that Jesus is born of Mary and that Mary became with child by of the Holy Spirit. Joseph becomes convinced by a dream that what is happening is what is supposed to happen and so he does not divorce Mary quietly and put her away. Instead, Joseph takes on the role of foster father of the Savior.

We can only imagine the feelings and thoughts of Mary and Joseph as they begin this journey with the child born of the Holy Spirit! We can only imagine the challenges to the early followers of Jesus to accept something so out of the ordinary and almost unbelievable.

As we come to the final week of Advent, we are invited to meditate again on the mysteries and to deepen our faith that Jesus is Lord, God, Savior, Redeemer, Messiah and calls us all deep into the mysteries of God’s plans. Let us follow the Lord in our lives and live as He invites us.

Father Jesus