Friday, December 17, 2010

The Fourth Sunday of Advent

The angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream.

On the Fourth Sunday of Advent we hear of the virgin birth of Jesus and we reflect on the period of waiting for both Mary and Joseph, her bethrothed. It was a time of uncertainty and great difficulty for them, and we see in Mary a great faith in God and acceptance of her role to be the mother of Jesus. In Joseph, we see a steadfast and faithful man who learns of God’s plan in a dream and obeys. It is all in fulfillment of a prophesy by Isaiah. Joseph takes Mary as his wife and thus begins the greatest story ever told. We await in eager anticipation the coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

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