Quotations:

I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Saturday, December 21, 2013

My Reflection for December 22, Fourth Sunday of Advent; Matthew 1:18-24

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/122213.cfm
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Gospel: Matthew 1:18-24
This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the Holy Spirit. Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly. Such was his intention when, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home.

For it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her. She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means “God is with us.” When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home.
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My Reflection:
Sin separate us from the love of God but this sin is temporary. For as long as we humbly obey the command of God to ask for forgiveness from Him through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. So the secret for us to reconcile with God and to remain always in His love is to humbly obey His commands.

Humility and obedience were the virtues that embodied Saint Joseph. For he humbly obeyed the angel’s command to take the Blessed Mother into his home even if she was already pregnant courtesy of the Holy Spirit. By his humility and obedience he spared the Blessed Mother from condemnation and severe punishment.

Humility and obedience are virtues that will save us from many troubles if we embody it also. Just imagine if every couple would be obedient and humble to each other. And just imagine also if every couple would be humble and obedient before God. There would be no problematic marriages and there would be no separation.

The Emmanuel which means God is with us will indeed always be with us. If only we will learn to embrace humility and obedience. Let us therefore humbly ask Jesus to gift us with these two very important virtues this Christmas. …        

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