Come, Emmanuel, Messiah And Prince Of Peace

Post date: Dec 16, 2016 1:14:02 PM

18 December 2016 ( Fourth Sunday of Advent )

[Isaiah 7:10-14] [Romans 1:1-7] [Matthew 1:18-24]

In the first reading today, Isaiah revealed the prophecy of the Christ child at the same moment when Ahaz was afraid to ask the Lord for a sign. Ahaz had forsaken God, and Isaiah felt that his playing politics would not save him but only his trust in God would. It is God’s power which will save his kingdom from his enemies. St Paul in his second reading affirms Jesus’ divinity and humanity as true God and man. His divinity manifests in power according to the spirit of holiness by resurrection from the dead his humanity stems from the mystery of incarnation, the Son of God becoming one with us – sharing the hopes and fears that we have in our imperfections. In today’s Gospel we hear of Joseph’s dream where an angel appeared telling him to take Mary as his wife. Have we allowed God’s dreams to prepare our hearts and at Christmas say there is room for you Lord, come to visit us in our poverty and work in us as we place our trust in you? Come, Emmanuel, Messiah, and Prince of Peace.