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Fourth Sunday of Advent (December 22, O King of the Gentiles)

December 22, 2013


Blessed Sunday!

O King of the Gentiles
And their desired One
Cornerstone who binds two into one
Come and save man
Whom You fashioned from the slime of the earth

And he shall judge the Gentiles,
and rebuke many people
~Isaiah 2:4

(see also Psalm 2:7-8, Ephesians 2:11-13, 20-21, Genesis 2:7)

Entrance Antiphon:
Drop down dew from above, you heavens,
and let the clouds rain down the Just One;
let the earth be opened and bring forth a Savior

Pour forth, we beseech You, O Lord,
Your grace into our hearts,
that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ Your Son
was made known by the message of an Angel,
may by His Passion and Cross
be brought to the glory of His Resurrection.
Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God for ever and ever.

Isaiah 7:10-14 (the virgin shall bear a son and name him Emmanuel)
Psalm 24: 1-6 “Let the Lord enter; He is King of Glory”
Romans 1:1-7 (Jesus is Son of David and Son of God)
+ Matthew 1:18-24 (an angel tells Joseph to take Mary as his wife and he obeys)

A promise made.
A promise kept.

God gave the word
while Joseph slept
(as Adam slept of old
while God prepared
his virgin bride)

Saint Joseph rose
to the occasion,
opening his humble home
to the New Eve
and to her Son.
He didn’t need
a sign from Heaven
to believe.

The House of David
doesn’t weary God
in him.

Do I weary God with my lack of faith?
Do I rise to the opportunities God gives me of participating in his plan of salvation?

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