Christ Church Episcopal, Norcross, GA

4th Sunday of Advent – Year A RCL

Isaiah 7:10-16, Romans 1:1-7, Matthew 1:18-25


But now things are getting interesting!

Today’s gospel lesson begins by saying: “Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way.” We’re on the edge of our seats! We want to hear the story; the WHOLE story – because then it will be Christmas! No more waiting!

And although we DO hear the whole story in today’s reading, it isn’t the one we’re used to hearing. It doesn’t mention the angel Gabriel appearing to Mary, or the journey back to Bethlehem. There are no shepherds in the field startled by a multitude of angels announcing the birth of the Messiah. No baby Jesus wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. All of that is in Luke’s Christmas story – in that story, Joseph doesn’t get much attention, instead Mary is at center-stage.

Matthew’s story, though, is very different, where Joseph has the prominent role.

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