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"You will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at John's birth, for he will be great in the sight of the lord." (Luke 2:14-15)

 
Ite Ad Joseph! "Go to Joseph, and do whatever he tells of you!" These were the words to Pharaoh to the Egyptian people after experiencing the power of the Old Testament man whose dreams and ability to discern the meaning of dreams astounded the mightiest men of the empire.

The New Joseph, the husband of Mary, is the quiet figure of the Christmas story. In today's Gospel, Matthew tells us of Joseph's reaction to the Annunciation wit

As we enter the climatic conclusion of the Advent season, the readings begin to point in a distinct way to the birth of Jesus into human history two millennia ago.

Today's readings reflect in a particular way to desire for a child. The desire for children appears again and again in Scripture. It seems that giving a child to barren couples is God's favorite thing to do. In the book of Judges, Manoah's wife was unable to conceive throughout her whole life, but then the angel of the Lord appeared to her and promised her a child.  

In the Gospel of Luke, we hear about how the angel Gabriel promises the elderly couple of Elizabeth and Zechariah a child, who will be named John and will herald the coming of Jesus as the savior of humankind.

A child is perhaps the greatest desire that men and women hold in their hearts. A child embodies the hope that the parents's name, lives and legacy will live into the future.

Next week, we will celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the one who is the source and the summit of everything we've ever hoped.

As we prepare for his coming, God is bringing to birth something in us. Our Creator God is adventing in our lives and in our hearts.

What can we do today to make room for the One who desires to be born in us this sacred season?

Come Lord Jesus God's great Advent of Love!