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Sunday, December 22, 2019

Fourth Sunday of Advent

At last all the candles are lit and we have only two days until Christmas Eve. This year, Advent is shorter so we continue to say "Come, Lord Jesus, come, and do not delay." We want Jesus to come into our hearts and into our world in such need of Him.

  Today's Gospel tells us that when "Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the Holy Spirit. Joseph, her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly." But God sent an angel to Joseph in a dream and told him not to be afraid to take Mary into his home "for it is through the Holy
Spirit that this child has been conceived in her. She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins." And Joseph did as the angel commanded.

It sounds so simple, but what faith Joseph had to believe a dream. I think we do not realize what it was like for both Mary and Joseph to be called by God. Both are open to hearing and obeying, Let us learn from them.

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