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Gospel for the Advent Weekday on December 18

Matthew 1:18-25

Summary: Before Mary and Joseph cohabitated, Mary was divinely impregnated. Joseph, a just man, planned to discreetly divorce her but was instructed by an angel in a dream to accept her. The angel explained the Holy Spirit's role in the conception and the child's destiny to save people from sins. This fulfilled the prophecy of Emmanuel, "God with us." Obediently, Joseph took Mary as his wife, naming the child Jesus.

Jesus' Birth Foretold

This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the Holy Spirit. Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly.

Such was his intention when, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. For it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her. She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:

Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son,
and they shall name him Emmanuel,
which means “God is with us.”

When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home. He had no relations with her until she bore a son, and he named him Jesus.

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