Fr Hugh’s Homily for 4th Sunday of Advent
Because I love history I would love to go into lengthy detail about Ahaz (from the first reading) and his relationship with the Assyrian Emperor Tiglath Pileser III. But I won’t, you will be glad to hear, but you have to admit the emperor has a great name. What stands out from Ahaz is simply that when God speaks to him his answer is, ‘No.’ Now turn to the gospel. And Matthew is different in that the main character in his story here, besides Jesus, is Joseph, not Mary. Now when God speaks to Joseph through the angel, even though it is putting Joseph, a righteous man, in a very difficult position, what does Joseph do? ‘When Joseph woke up he did what the angel of the Lord had told him to do: he took his wife to his home.’….