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FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT - YEAR A
The angel of the Lord appeared to
(Joseph) in a dream. (Matthew 1:20)
During his Apostolic visit to the Philippines in 2015, Pope Francis had a special meeting with families. During his address at this gathering, Pope Francis told his hearers that on his table in his residence, he has an image of St Joseph so that he can dream about it.
In the light of this personal revelation that he has a “great love for St Joseph”, the Pope went on to say, “The Scriptures seldom speak of St Joseph, but when they do, we often find him resting, as an angel reveals God’s will to him in his dreams. In the Gospel passage… we find Joseph resting not once, but twice… I am very fond of dreams in families… when you make your examination of conscience… ask yourselves this question: Today did I dream about my children’s future? Today did I dream about the love of my husband, my wife? Did I dream about my parents and grandparents who have gone before me? Dreaming is very important. Especially dreaming in families. Do not lose this ability to dream! How many difficulties in married life are resolved when we leave room for dreaming, when we stop a moment to think of our spouse, and we dream about the goodness present in the good things all around us.”
O God, St Joseph’s rest revealed your will to him. May we have the courage and strength to dream like St Joseph. Amen.
Fr David Catterall PP
Emmanuel Daily Advent & Christmas Reflections, Wollongong Diocese