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advent 4The liturgical cycle for this year draws heavily on the Gospel of Matthew. Along with Luke, Matthew also begins his gospel with the story of Jesus' birth. In our popular retelling of the Christmas story, we combine those accounts, but if you read the stories separately you'll discover two little-known facts. 

First, the Gospel of Luke is the familiar story of the Annunciation to Mary. But, Matthew, makes Joseph the star of his account. There is an Annunciation to Joseph which we read in this Sunday's gospel Mt 1:18-24.

Matthew is interested in developing the Old Testament roots of Jesus. In the preceding verses of the first chapter of Matthew, he has listed the genealogy of Jesus, tracing his lineage through King David to Abraham, which unfolds the story of salvation, to Joseph the husband of Mary. Then he tells us the simple story of Joseph as a righteous man.

Joseph learns of Mary's pregnancy, and by law, Mary would be subject to the penalties of the law and suffer public scandal and ostracism because she presumably had violated the marriage agreement with Joseph.

But even before an angel messenger reveals to Joseph the truth about this miraculous pregnancy, Joseph is righteous. He wants to protect Mary from public shame and decides to divorce her quietly. Joseph is a true model to the Jewish and Gentile converts to Christianity in Matthew's community.

In the dream, he receives, Joseph learns the truth. The child Mary is carrying is conceived through the Holy Spirit and will be Emmanuelle which means God is with us.

A second little-known fact, in Matthew's Gospel, about Joseph, is none of Joseph’s words are recorded. His actions, the actions of the truly just man, speak for themselves. Joseph and Mary are both cooperative with God's plan. They are both models for God


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    Attention Men! The Men’s Fellowship, at Resurrection Parish, invites all men of the parish to our bi-monthly meetings on the first and third Wednesday of the month starting at 7:30pm in the Resource Room.  There will be light refreshments.

    We will meet in an informal setting discussing the subject listed in the schedule below. If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Deacon Rich at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 973-714-2952. 

     If you are not sure where Catholicism fits into your life, have questions about the faith, or just need your spiritual life reinvigorated this evening’s informal and confidential discussion may be what you’re looking for.

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