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Your Father wants one thing for you this Christmas...

 
Midnight Mass Gospel (Luke 2:1-14):
 
'Caesar Augustus issued a decree for a census of the whole world to be taken. This census – the first – took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria, and everyone went to his own town to be registered. So Joseph set out from the town of Nazareth in Galilee and travelled up to Judaea, to the town of David called Bethlehem, since he was of David’s House and line, in order to be registered together with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. While they were there the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to a son, her first born.

Pope Francis at Angelus: Jesus is our Joy

 
Pope Francis, in his Sunday Angelus address, told the thousands gathered in St Peter's Square that Christians are called to live and to witness to the joy that comes from the nearness of God and from God’s presence in our life. He said that Christian joy is not simply the fullness of joy that we will experience in heaven. Rather, it begins even in this life, it is experienced even now, “because Jesus is our joy.”
 
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Dwelling on the Word of God: St Joseph – A Role Model for Dads (Wednesday 19th March 2014)

 
Today’s Gospel (Matthew 1:16,18-21,24):
 
‘Jacob was the father of Joseph the husband of Mary; of her was born Jesus who is called Christ.
  This is how Jesus Christ came to be born. His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph; but before they came to live together she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph; being a man of honour and wanting to spare her publicity, decided to divorce her informally. He had made up his mind to do this when the 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 she has conceived what is in her by the Holy Spirit.

Dwelling on the Word of God: A Child is Born for Everyone (Tuesday 24th December 2013)

 
From today’s Psalm (Psalm 88):
 
‘I will sing forever of your love, O Lord’
 
 
Sing!  Rejoice!  Dance!  Because the Lord our Saviour, our hope and our light, is coming! 
 
Sin had made its way in the world, and people were becoming desperate.  Poverty and disease were rife.  Inequality spanned the globe and hatred stretched to the four corners of the earth.  Where honour was bestowed on one man, jealousy rose in another.  Where riches were left to one family, poverty was inevitably passed down to another.

Dwelling on the Word of God: Rejoicing at Mary’s ‘Yes’ (Friday 20th December 2013)

 
Today’s Gospel (Luke 1:26-38):      
 
The angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the House of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. He went in and said to her, ‘Rejoice, so highly favoured! The Lord is with you.’ She was deeply disturbed by these words and asked herself what this greeting could mean, but the angel said to her, ‘Mary, do not be afraid; you have won God’s favour. Listen!

Dwelling on the Word of God: Trusting in God’s Will as Joseph did (Wednesday 18th December 2013)

 
Today’s Gospel (Matthew 1:18-24):
 
‘This is how Jesus Christ came to be born. His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph; but before they came to live together she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph; being a man of honour and wanting to spare her publicity, decided to divorce her informally. He had made up his mind to do this when the 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 she has conceived what is in her by the Holy Spirit.

Dwelling on the Word of God: Family Trees (Tuesday 17th December 2013)

 
From today’s Gospel (Matthew 1:1-17):
 
'A genealogy of Jesus Christ, son of David, son of Abraham:
Abraham was the father of Isaac, 
Isaacthe father of Jacob….
 
....Matthan the father of Jacob;
and Jacob was the father of Joseph the husband of Mary;
of her was born Jesus who is called Christ.'
 
 
This isn’t the whole genealogy of Jesus but it is the beginning and the end of it as detailed in Matthew’s Gospel.  Nowadays everyone is fascinated by their family tree.
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