Fourth Week of Advent

18 Dec 2016 by admin, Comments Off on Fourth Week of Advent

advent-2010-004Only two of the four Gospels tell us anything about the birth of Jesus. Scholars have often mused: how did Saints Matthew and Luke come upon this information? And they conclude that they must have gotten it from Jesus’ mother, the Virgin Mary.

In today’s first reading from the era of the Hebrew kings, we find King Ahaz unwilling to ask the Lord’s help at a time when the nation is under siege. So the prophet gives him a sign that the Lord can and will help.

In the Gospel we find St. Joseph, being righteous, knows that Mary is too holy to be anything other than involved in a great mystery of God’s design. His reaction is not to refuse (like King Ahaz) to be a part of it, but rather in humility to consider himself unworthy. Thus, the angel assures him to “…be not afraid”, and cites the very prophecy/sign of Isaiah.

Where do we stand in relation to our vocation? Do we refuse to consider what God is asking of us, like King Ahaz? Or do we, like St. Joseph, recognize that without the benefit of God’s grace it is a responsibility beyond our ability, and therefore humbly accept His assistance!

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