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Fourth Sunday of Advent (A)

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Gospel text (Mt 1:18-24): This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the Holy Spirit. This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. When his mother 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.

Such was his intention when, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your 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.”

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means “God is with us.” When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home.

Illustration: Francesc Badia

Today we admire the greatness of St. Joseph. On the one hand, he believes that he should respect the silence of Mary, i.e., to leave her alone with the mystery of the Incarnation of the Son of God. But this is tough and, besides, how to do it?

-Joseph did not act himself; Joseph prayed and pondered. And, thus, he was enlightened by God: “do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home… She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus.”