December 21, 2019

Advent 4 - A (December 22, 2019)

Jesus and Emmanuel

Matthew reports the two names of the child to be born by Mary. 

With these names, his identity and mission are revealed.  He is Jesus (meaning “God saves”) “because he will save his people from their sins.”  And He is Emmanuel, “God is with us.”

Looking into ourselves and the world around us, we know that we cannot save ourselves. 

But this Jesus is not the type of a trouble-shooter or superhero who only shows up when there are troubles.   Matthew would later end his Gospel with the Risen Jesus’ last words to the disciples, “I am with you always, until the end of the age” (28:20).

As we are about to celebrate Christmas, may we grow in appreciation and love for Jesus who saves us and who is with us always.

And may we share this divine presence, not just presents, with others.  

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