They shall name him Emmanuel

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BIBLE READINGS

  • Isaiah 7:10-­14

  • Matthew 1:18­-25

Of all the Big Life Events human beings experience, becoming a parent for the first time is surely one of the biggest. Jesus’ adoptive father Joseph discovers that he’s going to be a parent in the most extreme of circumstances: his fiancée is pregnant; the kid isn’t his; and, apparently, it’s God’s! Joseph’s response  to this news is full of remarkable grace and compassion. How can Christmas help us to respond to our own Big Life Events in a comparable way?