Homily for the 4th Sunday of Advent Year A
Theme: The Patience of God
By: Fr Joachim Omolo Ouko, AJ
Homily for Sunday December 22 2019
This is the last Sunday of our preparation for Christmas. The first reading is taken from Isaiah 7:10-14. Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz, “Ask the Lord your God for a sign, whether in the deepest depths or in the highest heights. “ But Ahaz said, “I will not ask; I will not put the Lord to the test.”
Then Isaiah said, “Hear now, you house of David! Is it not enough to try the patience of humans? Will you try the patience of my God also? Therefore the Lord himself will give you[a] a sign: The virgin[b] will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.
The second reading is from the Letter of St. Paul to the Romans 1:1-7, in which St. Paul opens his letter to the Jewish and Gentile converts of Rome. The Gospel is from Matthew 1:18-24.
The feast of Christmas should draw the hearts of every child of God towards the furnace of divine love. He became a creature, like ourselves, so that he would make us sharers in his divine nature.
The Incarnation not only shows God’s infinite love for mankind, his infinite mercy, justice and power, but also the divine wisdom shown in the way God decided to save man, which is the way that was most appropriate to human nature: through the Incarnation of the Word.
Today the Church has again reminded us that Jesus Christ is the Son of God subsistent from all eternity and that in the Incarnation he assumed human nature in his one divine Person. In his soul as in his body, Christ thus expresses humanly the divine ways of the Trinity.
This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.
Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel. (which means “God with us”).
When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.
Fr Joachim Omolo Ouko, AJ