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Third Week of Advent
Thursday, December 15, 2016
In this Fourth Sunday of Advent, we look forward to the fulfillment of God's promise, the birth of the Messiah! In the readings, we hear the promise which God makes and see that realization of that promise in the responses of Mary and Joseph to God's messengers! Yet we also see that not everyone is open to God's Word.
The Lord God tells Ahaz to ask for a sign. Ahaz, not wanting to face the truth of God's authority, feigns humility when he responds that he does not want to test the Lord. Much to his chagrin, God gives him the promise of the Messiah anyway (Is 7:10-14). In contrast, Mary responds, "Let it be done," when the angel Gabriel invites her to be the Mother of the Word Incarnate! Joseph hesitates at Mary's news withdrawing at first. But at the encouragement of the angel of the Lord, he accepts the responsibility as the earthly father of the Word Incarnate (Mt 1:18-24) thus fulfilling the promise that the Messiah would be of the line of David. Paul accepts his role as "a slave of Christ called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God" (Rom 1:1-7). He faithfully preaches the good news, that promise stated by Isaiah, accepted by Mary and Joseph, and fulfilled in the act of love in which Jesus died and rose from the dead for our salvation!
Ahaz responds much differently than Mary, Joseph, and Paul! Ahaz is resistant to seeking or knowing the Lord while the others seek the Lord and let him enter (Ps 24:1-6). Let us be alert and aware so that like Joseph in today's Gospel, we can say yes to God with confidence and let Jesus enter deeper into our hearts this Christmas! – Bernadette Harmon for Fr. Francis Martin
"Through [Jesus] we have received the grace of apostleship, to bring about the obedience of faith, ... among all ... you also, who are called to belong to Jesus Christ ... called to be holy." (Romans 1:5-7)
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ReflectionSpiritual Understanding of Scripture
First ReadingIsaiah 7:10-14
PsalmPsalm 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
Second ReadingRomans 1:1-7
First ReadingIsaiah 52:7-10
PsalmPsalm 98:1, 2-3, 3-4, 5-6
Second ReadingHebrews 1:1-6
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