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On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: December 18, 2017 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Jesus draws everyone unto Himself. Those scattered by evil and sin can find their way through Him. That is why He came, to bring salvation to a people with no integrity. To teach them and to show them the way to the Father. He is the way, the truth and the life.

Through ordinary people like you and me servants of the Lord obedient unto Him;the almighty God came down to dwell with us. For these humble servants knew in their hearts that even if they knew nothing else; that the Lord had a plan for them not to do them harm but to prosper them and their families. Hence no task was impossible for God who called on them and was with them. Amen

St Joseph and our Blessed Mother pray for us.

First reading
Jeremiah 23:5-8

See, the days are coming– it is the Lord who speaks– when I will raise a virtuous Branch for David, who will reign as true king and be wise, practising honesty and integrity in the land.
In his days Judah will be saved and Israel dwell in confidence.
And this is the name he will be called:
The-Lord-our integrity.

So, then, the days are coming– it is the Lord who speaks– when people will no longer say, “As the Lord lives who brought the sons of Israel out of the land of Egypt!” but, “As the Lord lives who led back and brought home the descendants of the House of Israel out of the land of the North and from all the countries to which he had dispersed them, to live on their own soil.”

Matthew 1:18-24

This is how Jesus Christ came to be born. His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph; but before they came to live together she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph; being a man of honour and wanting to spare her publicity, decided to divorce her informally. He had made up his mind to do this when the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because she has conceived what is in her by the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son and you must name him Jesus, because he is the one who is to save his people from their sins.’ Now all this took place to fulfil the words spoken by the Lord through the prophet:

The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son
and they will call him Emmanuel, a name which means ‘God-is-with-us.’ When Joseph woke up he did what the angel of the Lord had told him to do: he took his wife to his home.