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FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT: PROFESSING

posted Dec 23, 2013, 7:22 AM by Church Office   [ updated Dec 23, 2013, 7:22 AM ]
In Matthew, Joseph is portrayed as one who professes unwavering trust in the angel of the Lord in both words and in deed.  Specifically, he follows the command to name the son of Mary Emmanuel and to take Mary into his home.  In doing so, he paves the way for the great miracle of "God with us" in the incarnation of Christ that we eagerly anticipate during these late Advent days.

Professing is the final movement in the diocesan planning process.  Both during and at the completion of our journey, firmly committed to the building up of the Kingdom of God, the diocese must proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ.  Diocesan offices must facilitate the formation of the faithful having become aware of their needs and received their input. Parishes will be a steady shelter and place of commissioning where all are welcome and all will take ownership.  Individuals will profess in word and deed that they have seen and heard in the plan, in their homes, and places of employment, at work and at play, giving praise and honor to Christ who perpetually desires to be "God with us."  All in all, our professing allows us to embrace fully the call to "new evangelization".
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