A reflection for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, Cycle A
Joseph, an ordinary man, can’t be all that different from you and me, even if God made him the Dad of Jesus.
If you’re like me, or most people for that matter, you’ve got a lot to do three days before Christmas.
You want to enjoy Christmas – the way it’s meant to be enjoyed – with deep and abiding peace, love, and joy. So it makes good sense that you’d be down on yourself if some little thing caused you to FREAK OUT NOW and lose your last days of Advent cool.
That’s why we can’t but admire character of Joseph. More…
Today’s first reading presents a story from the Book of Judges that parallels St. Luke’s narrative of the Annunciation and Incarnation of Jesus Christ — the story of Samuel.
Israel’s Judges were “warrior-prophets” who rose up and delivered their people from their enemies, kind of like Braveheart.
The implication of pairing this passage from Judges with the Announcement of John the Baptist’s birth in today’s Gospel reading is that both of these figures point forward to the Coming of Christ. The fact that both stories bear strong similarities with the Archangel’s Annunciation to the Virgin Mary also suggest that, in some way, Samuel is what we call a type of Christ, which is problematic, given Samuel’s checkered past.
“Rorate caeli de super et nubes pluant iustum” The Sacred Hymn “Rorate Caeli” translates, “Let dew come down from heaven above, and the clouds rain down justice.” (Isaiah 45:8)
What comes to your mind when you think of Advent?
Hope, patience, waiting, expectation, preparation, peace and love, and of course, Christmas are the most common Advent memes. The idea is to reflect, pray, and live these virtues to prepare for our Lord’s coming, at Christmas.
O Key of David and scepter of the House of Israel; you open and no one can shut; you shut and no one can open: Come and lead the prisoners from the prison house, those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death. More…