On Today’s Gospel

Posted: December 18, 2019 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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Through the obedience and faithfulness of both our Blessed Mother and St Joseph, God came and dwelled among us.

Our Lord Jesus Christ came that we might fully be united with Him, to gather everyone on to Himself. And so great is His love for us He designed a way to be with us through all the centuries to come till His return. His real presence, body, blood, soul and divinity in Holy Eucharist. And so each and every time we receive Him at Holy Eucharist we can cry out, Emmanuel! Amen

First reading

Jeremiah 23:5-8 ·
I will raise a virtuous Branch for David

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.”

Gospel

Matthew 1:18-24
How Jesus Christ came to be born

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.

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