Father Labib Kobti

Sunday and Holy Day Reflections


The Lord will give a sign
4th Sunday of Advent

Ahaz the king of the Judean, around 733 B.C. knew that Peteh, the King of the Israelites was complotting with Rezin the king of the Arameans against him.Is. 7: 1-2. He was thinking to call on the Neo-Assyrians to fight with him against them, when the Lord asked Isaiah the prophet to go to king Ahaz and tell him: "Take care you remain tranquil and do not fear..." Is. 7: 4-5, because the Lord will be on your side and he will save you and your people. But Ahaz, fearful wanted to be sure so the Lord tells him: "Ask for a sign... let it be deep as the netherworld, or high as the sky", 7:10. The Isaiah assure him and tell him that the Lord will give you a sign and you should not rely on the Neo-Assyrians but on the Lord. That time will come when the prophecy made to David 2 Sam 7:12-16 about God with us, the Emmanuel will be fulfilled. "The virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel", Is 7:14
The  Letter of St. Paul  to the Romans, 1:1-7 will tell us about this child: "About the son which God promised previously through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, who will descend from David according to the flesh, but established as Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness ... "
The Gospel of St. Matthew 1:18-24 will tell us that God had fulfilled his promise through Mary, the Virgin by excellence who brought us a son who will save the whole world.
When we rely on God, we know that God is faithful, when we rely on people, we know that people change according their personal interest.
St. Bede (C. 673-735) says in his homily commenting on St. Matthew's account of the Emmanuel: "The name God with us, given to our Savior by the prophet ... became Emmanuel ...in the womb of his mother, because when the Word was made flesh and lived among us he deigned to unite our frail human nature to his own person ... May Jesus Christ fulfill his saving task by saving us from our sins; may he discharge his priestly office by reconciling us to God the Father, and may he exercise his royal power by admitting us to his Father's kingdom".
As we start our Novena for the second year at St. Thomas More, may all the families of our one family, the church, start to bring their hearts together so as to receive the gift of the Virgin Mary to the world a God of love "the Emmanuel" who wants to bless our homes and lives. Do not miss to come and share your time with God who wants to be the "God-with-us".



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