Pastors Desk: Fourth Sunday of Advent / A

Posted 21st December 2019 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 22nd December 2019 - Fourth Sunday of Advent/A

xmas-tree1Contracts are an important part of life today. The most familiar ones we know are the ones for utilities, like gas and electricity or television and internet. They, like mobile phone service providers, want us to sign up for a period to avail of some special rate or package. Marriage is another contract that is often under pressure in society. Sometimes walking away seems like the only option. Today’s story about Joseph and Mary may give hope to couples facing a similar difficulty.

The discovery that Mary was pregnant would have presented Joseph with a dilemma. As a devout Jew, he knew that per the letter of the law he could not proceed with the marriage. He was caught between keeping God’s law and his love for Mary and doing what was right for her. Then Joseph has a dream. We are told that ‘an angel of the Lord’ appears and tells Joseph ‘not to be afraid to take Mary as his wife’ because she has conceived her child by the Holy Spirit and he must be called Jesus. He will be the one to save his people from their sins. So out of his initial thoughts of scandal and shame, Joseph discovers that this is all part of God’s plan for the salvation of the world.holly1

Mary and Joseph are an inspiration to us all, especially in times of doubt and stress: Joseph, even though he would have initially found it difficult, for welcoming all that was happening as an opportunity for increasing in holiness; and Mary for her acceptance of all that was to happen to her as part of God’s plan for all of humanity.

May we never lose sight of the fact, Emmanuel… God is with us. Always!

Fr. Gerry