Advent: 22 December - They shall call his name Emmanuel

Look the virgin is with child and they shall call his name Emmanuel which means 'God-is-with-us.'  Matt 1:23

 Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife because the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins." All this took place to fulfil what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet. Matthew 1: 20-22


From Pope Francis - on Hope

And the reason for our hope is this: God is with us and God still trusts us! Think well on this: God is with us and God still trusts us. God the Father is generous. He comes to abide with mankind, he chooses earth as his dwelling place to remain with people and to be found where people pass their days in joy or sorrow. Therefore, earth is no longer only "a valley of tears"; rather, it is the place where God himself has pitched his tent, it is the meeting place of God with us, of God's solidarity with us. 

He is God-with-us. Jesus is God-with-us. ...Jesus is God with us always and forever with us in history's suffering and sorrow.

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