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Homily for the 4th Sunday of advent, year A


Isaiah 7:10-14
Romans 1:1-7
Matthew 1:18-24


Beloved in Christ, today as we celebrate the 4th Sunday of Advent, Mother Church invites us to reflect on Joseph as a model of Christian obedience.

The story of Joseph is a story that stretches our understanding of obedience to God to its very limit. For though  Jesus is not the biological child  of Joseph, Joseph was the husband of Mary at the time that Jesus was born. And the fact that he named the child meant that Joseph had to accept Jesus as his own – making Jesus a descendant of David. For Joseph was a  descendant of David and legally Jesus was his son.

The story of Joseph and Mary makes it clear that indeed God’s ways are not our ways (Isaiah 55:8-9). We may make noble plans but God will always have the last word in our life. He is the one who can always intervene and change the course of our life.

But unfortunately, there are people who do not want to accept this idea, however they want God to fit into their plans for life. We cannot play God in our lives for if we live or die, we belong to the Lord. (Romans 14:8)

Let us learn from from Joseph, and allow God to be God. We are not to preempt Him but to trust and obey His judgement for us.

This obedience then is a life of total submission to the will of God. It is a risk taking venture but for the sake of God, it is worth it. Consequently, Joseph is our model of Christian obedience because at the intervention of God he surrendered his life to God in total obedience. And this is the change we are to experience.

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