THIRD WEDNESDAY OF ADVENT

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD THIRD WEDNESDAY OF ADVENT CHRISTMAS NOVENA December 18, 2019  WORD of the DAY   All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:   “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means “God is with us.”      (Matthew 1: 22-23)   How shall I live this Word? After Mary declares her mysterious motherhood, Joseph is disoriented, has no terms of comparison, points of reference in front of the unspeakable event of the Incarnation. An answer must come from heaven. Joseph dreams.  An angel of the Lord heartens him: “Do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife.” The great  announcement spanning the centuries, is planted like a seed in the heart of a man of the Lord who will know how to be ‘the shadow of the Father’ close to Jesus. And he will be the sweet and wise guardian of Emmanuel, God with us . Of this God who became poor, who wanted to live in our tent, who said: “I will be with you always, until the end of time.” Today in prayer, I will...