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The Lord spoke to Ahaz, saying: Ask for a sign from the Lord, your God; let it be deep as the netherworld, or high as the sky! But Ahaz answered, “I will not ask! I will not tempt the Lord!”
Then Isaiah said: Listen, O house of David! Is it not enough for you to weary people, must you also weary my God? Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign: the virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel.
Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised previously through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, the gospel about his Son, descended from David according to the flesh, but established as Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness through resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord. Through him we have received the grace of apostleship, to bring about the obedience of faith, for the sake of his name, among all the Gentiles, among whom are you also, who are called to belong to Jesus Christ;
to all the beloved of God in Rome, called to be holy. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
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 conceive 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.
The Fourth Sunday of Advent brings us closer to the coming birth of our Lord. Reflected in this Sunday's readings is the passage from the Gospel of Matthew that revealed the mysterious origin and the identity of Jesus.
In today's Gospel, Joseph receives the message from the angel that this son of Mary is conceived by the Holy Spirit. St. Paul, in his letter to the Romans, pronounces that this son is both God and man. According to the flesh He is descended from David, yet His resurrection from the dead is through the divine power of God. In summary, all of today's readings reveal to us who Jesus is. He is God's presence among His people. As true God and true man, Jesus the Son of God, has come to save us.
The significance of the birth of this infant is revealed in two ways. Firstly, in the instruction of the angel to Joseph in naming the child "Jesus", which means "God saves", that he will be the "saviour of all". Second is the fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah: “The virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel, (meaning 'God is with us')."
The name "Emmanuel" is especially important for through Jesus, God is always with His people, as Jesus Himself says at the end of the Gospel "I am with you always, until the end of the age." (Matt 28: 20)
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