Homilies: 4th Sunday of Advent, Year A

My homily for the 4th Sunday of Advent (Year A) as preached during the 5.30 pm Saturday evening Mass in Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton.

The readings were Isaiah 7:10-14; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-24.

“The arrival of Jesus is prophesied as Emmanuel – as ‘God is with us’. The present tense of the name given by Isaiah, and referenced by Matthew, reminds us as we prepare for the celebration of the Incarnation that God has already invaded human history, and the fulfilment of God’s Reign will come with the Second Coming. Until then, we are called to live as the continuing presence of Jesus in the here and now, in this time and place. And that, please God, changes everything!”