4th Sunday of Advent

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Reflection for the 4th Week of Advent

Over the past three weeks we have been preparing for the celebration of Christmas. We have heard messages of hope, peace, and joy.  We have reflected on the ways in which we can bring these messages to life through prayer for those in need, reflecting on our relationship with God, noticing what brings us joy in our lives, and more. In the Gospel this week we hear, perhaps the most important message, love. 

In this Gospel we meet Joseph, the husband of Mary.  A man who wished to do what he thought to be the right thing; he thought that in divorcing Mary, a woman with child, quietly would protect her. But when the angel of the Lord came upon him in a dream and told Joseph that Mary was carrying a son, by the Holy Spirit, who would save his people from sin, Joseph changed his mind and took Mary into his home. This is just one example of love from the Gospel this week. Joseph, and Mary, could have easily said “no.” Mary could have said “no” to becoming the mother of Jesus, and Joseph could have said “no” to taking Mary into his home and protecting her. But, through the love of God they both took a leap of faith, and said “yes.” 

A second example of love in this week’s Gospel is in the naming of the baby Mary was carrying. The angel who appeared to Joseph said “they shall name him Emmanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’” What love! God loves each person then and today and in the future, enough to send his only son to die for us, so that all sins may be forgiven. God chose to be with His people and continues to choose to be with His people because of the love He has for each person. 

In these final days of Advent we are called to show the love that God has shown us. We can do this through telling our family and friends that we love them, by greeting strangers with a smile and kindness, through praying for our loved ones, and through prayer for peace around our homes and in the world. As we frost cookies and wrap our loved one’s gift and place them under the tree, we are called to remember the ways in which we can show love as we prepare for the celebration of Christmas. 

Thank you for following along with me this Advent as we have reflected on the Gospels and as we have prepared for Christmas. Myself, and the Resurrection Faculty and Staff wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

~ Maggie Qualter, Resurrection Campus Minister

 

Third Sunday of Advent - LOVE
December 22

Matthew 1:18-24

This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. 

When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with Child through the Holy Spirit. 

Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly. Such was his intention when, 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. 

She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” 

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel, Which mean “God is with us.”

When Joseph awake, he did as the angels of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home. 

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