Signs of the Messiah

Readings for Sunday, December 22, 2019 — Fourth Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 7:10-14; Psalm 24:1-6;Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-24

Suggested Reflection Questions:

  • Today’s reading from the Prophet Isaiah tells of the sign the people should expect at the coming of the Messiah. People waited and hoped and prayed and longed and looked for his coming for ages. How can we model ourselves after their pattern of hopeful vigilance these final few days of Advent?
  • The psalmist proclaims that the Lord is the King of Glory. The little baby born in a stable is the King of Glory. What does God’s entrance into the world as a child tell us about who God is? How does it enhance our understanding of God’s kingship and God’s glory?
  • Joseph is often portrayed as an ancillary character in the Nativity story. But as today’s Gospel reading highlights, this is hardly the case. How is Joseph an example of faithfulness? How can you imitate the loyal husband of Mary and the loving protector of Jesus during the upcoming Christmas season?