Do not be afraid

 
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4th Sunday of Advent, based on Matthew 1:18-24

Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.” When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife,


Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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About Kieran Healy, OP

Fr. Kieran directs retreats and welcomes visitors to St. Benedict Lodge, a retreat house of the friar's Province of the Holy Name in the woods of Oregon. In addition to retreats and camping, St. Benedict's is a house of prayer for those who would like some quiet time, a chance to participate in the daily prayer of the church, or just take advantage of the beautiful setting. In the past, Fr. Kieran has worked a pastor, a retreat director, a campus minister in both the United States and Kenya, and most recently as the student master of the Province of the Most Holy Name.