Study, Pray, Serve: 4th Sunday of Advent

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Let’s explore the themes in the readings for the 4th Sunday of Advent.

1st Reading – Isaiah 7:10-14

  • Ahaz refuses to tempt the Lord and ask for a sign.
  • The Lord, however, responds that “the virgin shall conceive and bear a son.”

Psalm – 24:1-6

  • “Let the Lord enter; he is the king of glory.”
  • The earth is the Lord’s, and those who are sinless shall receive a blessing from God.

2nd Reading – Romans 1:1-7

  • St. Paul opens his great letter to the Romans in honor of Jesus Christ.
  • Faith in God is now extended to the Gentiles as well.

Gospel – Matthew 1:18-24

  • Joseph discovers that Mary is pregnant before they have lived together.
  • The angel of the Lord comes to him in a dream and explains how she has conceived through the Holy Spirit.
  • Joseph follows the angel’s counsel and takes his wife into his home.

Mass Readings – 4th Sunday of Advent


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