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Fourth Sunday of Advent A
December 18, 2022
Spirituality of the Readings

John Foley, SJ

An Inner Assurance

Why in the world would Joseph reverse himself and trust a dream? Do you trust dreams?

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In Exile

Ron Rolheiser

Joseph's Fidelity

The Joseph of the Christmas story is clearly reminiscent of the Joseph of the Exodus story, he too has a dream, he too goes to Egypt, and he too saves the family.

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Glancing Thoughts

Eleonore Stump

The Greatness of Mary

Mary’s pregnancy exposes her not only to legal penalties but also to suffering and shame in her society.

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The Perspective of Justice

Gerald Darring

God With Us

We rejoice at the prospect of having God among us, and yet we should also reflect on the awesome responsibility of [ourselves] living in the presence of God.

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Discussion Questions

Anne Osdieck


How can a human being from our history books be God’s own self? Or is Jesus just a name in the history books?

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A Poem to
Sit With

J Janda

[Joseph] loved as his own what was not his nor could ever be his.

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