The angel tells Joseph that the child shall be named Emmanuel, meaning God is with us. Those of us in recovery may have had similar experiences when, after admitting our powerlessness and asking for God’s help, we suddenly experienced Jesus with us as a personal God and not some distant deity. That is the true beauty of Christmas. The God of the universe lowered Himself to be with us out of love and mercy. Today’s Gospel reading reminds us that, despite where we come from or where we’ve been in our lives, we are invited to encounter the living God made flesh and make for Him a dwelling place in our hearts.
- Similar to Joseph, have there been moments when God changed your perspective and life? How?
- What about Jesus’ incarnation gives you hope? How might this hope nourish your recovery as you head into the Christmas season?
Sunday Mass Readings
First Reading: Isaiah 62:1-5
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 89:4-5, 16-17, 27, 29
Second Reading: Acts 13:16-17, 22-25
Gospel: Matthew 1:1-25
Reflection by Jonathan H.