Fourth Sunday of Advent

…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…\” When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home. 
(Matthew 1:20, 24)

St. Joseph was determined to divorce Mary quietly when he had the first of several dreams recorded in St. Matthew\’s Gospel. Like his Old Testament counterpart, Joseph is a dreamer! The main point is that Joseph took the dream seriously as a message from God. He changed his mind completely and accepted Mary (and her unborn Son) into his home and into his heart. Joseph is the first person to welcome Jesus and Mary into his life. May we all do the same this Christmas season and every day of our lives!

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