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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—December 22, 2019 – 4th Sunday of Advent

SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—December 22, 2019 – 4th Sunday of Advent

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Joseph faces a dilemma in this Sunday’s Gospel. He is engaged to Mary, but she is pregnant, and Joseph is not the father. By legal right, Joseph could accuse Mary of adultery and subject her to the punishment of death by stoning. Instead, Joseph is directed by an angel in a dream to take Mary and Baby Jesus to live with him as his wife and adopted son. They form a family circle in which Mary and Joseph raise and nurture Jesus. Matthew points Jesus out as Emmanuel, meaning, “God-with-us,” which fulfills Isaiah’s ancient description of the Messiah.

See The Gospel at Home (English and Spanish) for suggested family activities and discussion starters related to this Sunday’s Gospel.

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