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Sunday IV (A) of Advent

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Gospel text (Mt 1,18-24): This is how Jesus Christ was born. Mary his mother had been given to Joseph in marriage but before they lived together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Then Joseph, her husband, made plans to divorce her in all secrecy. He was an upright man, and in no way did he want to discredit her.
While he was pondering over this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, «Joseph, descendant of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. She has conceived by the Holy Spirit, and now she will bear a son. You shall call him “Jesus” for he will save his people from their sins» (…).

Only God is Jesus’ "Father" in the proper sense

EDITORIAL TEAM evangeli.net (based on texts by Benedict XVI) (Città del Vaticano, Vatican)

Today, in the subsequent story to the conception of Jesus, Matthew tells us that Joseph was not the father of Jesus, and that he wanted to dismiss Mary on account of her supposed adultery. It was then when he was told that what is conceived in Mary is from the Holy Spirit (cf. Mt 1:20). This implies a new approach to the entire genealogy.

However, the genealogy is still important: Joseph is the legal father of Jesus. Through him He belongs by law, "legally", to the house of David. And, yet, He comes from elsewhere, “from above ", from God himself. The mystery of his 'provenance', his dual origin, confronts us quite concretely: His origin can be named and yet it is a mystery. Only God is truly his "Father" in its true meaning.

-The human genealogy has certain significance in terms of world history. And yet in the end it is Mary, the lowly virgin from Nazareth, in whom a new beginning takes place, in whom human existence starts afresh.

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