4th Sunday of Advent, Year A, 18th December 2016

Emmanuel, God-is-with-us

This Sunday brings us nearer to the mystery of the Incarnation.  As Advent draws to a close I renew my commitment to prepare a welcome for the Christ child in my heart.  I try to make space, in this busy week, to spend some quiet time with the readings.

The First Reading brings us Isaiah’s prophecy to King Ahaz—a maiden is with child, his name is God-is-with-us.

Psalm 23 sings of the glory and power of God.  We prepare ourselves to meet him and we shall seek his face in that of a little child.

St Paul in the Second Reading emphasises the fact that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, clothing his divinity, his holiness and power in human form.

The Gospel tells the story of Joseph, his predicament over Mary’s pregnancy and the dream that he accepts as coming from God.  He takes Mary to his home and the child will be called Emmanuel,  God-is-with-us.

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