Fourth Sunday of Advent
December 22, 2013 Cycle A
by Rev. Jose Maria Cortes, F.S.C.B.

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In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

“God is with us.”

We are so close to Christmas! We are about to celebrate the presence of God with us.

here are important questions that we should think about. How is God going to be with us? What does God need to

be with us? How did God enter the world?

ur Lord traveled a long path until He dwelt with us. He needed many people. He needed the availability of a series

of people. It is not correct to say that God “needs.” He does not “need” anything. He can do whatever he wants.

However, he particularly wanted to need human beings. He needs our collaboration because He is coming to share

His life with us. God comes to us through people.

e needed Mary’s “yes” to enter the world. Nevertheless, before her, with her and after her, He needed and He

needs women and men who answer His requests affirmatively. Mary’s acceptance is unique. However, her “yes” is the

center of a constellation, a galaxy of many “yeses.”

od needed Abraham, all the prophets, King David and generations and generations of believers who waited for the

coming of the Messiah. He needed John the Baptist and, as we heard in today’s Gospel, he needed Joseph.

Saint Joseph shows us how to collaborate with the work of God. He helps us understand what must be done to allow the Lord to become a presence in this world.

oseph had a fiancée he loved and work he enjoyed. He had projects like any human being. He wanted to marry,

build a family and be happy, to have a quiet and simple life.

owever, God wanted to include Joseph in a bigger project, an infinite project! That scared him. He wanted to give

up. He was frightened. He never could have imagined what was happening! All the things he had dreamed about were

put aside. Joseph thought he was not worthy of such a mission. He wanted to return to a normal life.

owever, “…the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said: ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid.’”

Joseph’s answer to the angel was a decisive “yes,” like that of his bride. More important than his own projects were

those of God, Mary and the coming child. Joseph had a special way of participating in the “yes” of Mary. Joseph and

Mary’s “yes” to the will of God was the deepest reason for their union. Their “yes” serves as an extraordinary example

for all couples!

hat contribution did Joseph make to Our Lord’s entrance into the world? It was his acceptance of God’s will, the

sacrifice of his own limited projects for the infinite divine design.

here is no other way for our Lord to come to us unless we say our “yes” with trust and joy.

oday’s world needs God. It does not need an idea of God. It needs His presence. It needs witnesses. Today’s

world needs people who say “yes” to the Lord’s will without fear. Today’s world needs you and me.

od is with us.”

aint Joseph, help us all to respond generously to whatever God asks of us, that we may contribute to His coming to

dwell among us.

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

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