Fourth Sunday of Advent

December 22, 2013


Our readings highlight the stories of two men:  Ahaz and Joseph.  Their situations are similar, but their outcomes are very different.

Ahaz is a king who is about to be overthrown by an invading army.  He is a terribly immoral king, and so decides that he will make a pact with the invaders in order to save himself.  However, it requires selling the dignity and independence of the people he is supposed to protect, leaving Isaiah furious.

Joseph’s story is one we know well.  Like Ahaz, he has a plan to save himself from Mary’s scandal, but rather than take actions into his own hands, he listens to the voice of God – the same voice that Ahaz refused.

In the last Sunday of Advent, we must ask ourselves who we find ourselves relating to?

CLICK HERE for the readings of the Fourth Sunday of Advent (Isaiah 7:10-14; Psalm 24; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-24).


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