On the 4th Sunday of Advent the Church remembers God’s promises through his prophets, about God coming to earth as a tiny child. The Gospel repeats the message of Isaiah in the first reading, written as a prophecy some 700 years before Jesus’ birth.
Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign:
the virgin shall conceive, and bear a son,
and shall name him Emmanuel.
St. Matthew repeats this prophecy as he tells of the Messiah’s actual birth to Mary, when the Angel Gabriel appears to Joseph and tells him, [Read more…]