December 23, 2007

A day of Emmanuel coincidences


Today is the Fourth Sunday of Advent, and we are in Year A of the Church’s three-year cycle of readings for Sunday Mass. The first reading at Mass today (Isaiah 7:10-14) is the prophecy of the name “Emmanuel,” which means, “God-with-Us.” The Gospel reading at Mass today (Matthew 1:18-24) has an angel repeating the Emmanuel prophecy to St. Joseph.

By coincidence, today is December 23, the date on which the Church invokes Christ under the title “Emmanuel” in her Evening Prayer (“Vespers”) and in the Alleluia Verse at Mass.

I've posted my homily for today's Mass.
Click HERE for it.

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