Fourth Week of Advent: Sunday 22nd December 2019

Daily Word Of God

Matthew 1:18-21, 24

This is how Jesus Christ came to be born. His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph; but before they came to live together she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being an upright man and wanting to spare her disgrace, decided to divorce her informally. He had made up his mind to do this when suddenly the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because she has conceived what is in her by the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son and you must name him Jesus, because he is the one who is to save his people from their sins.’

When Joseph woke up he did what the angel of the Lord had told him to do: he took his wife to his home.

Today's Pointers on God's Word

As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?

  • We are two days before Christmas and we should allow the message of the angel, “Do not be afraid” to sink into our heart.


  • Are there fears in our hearts? Fears are toxic and they can poison our minds and prevent God’s promise to save us and to take root in our lives.


  • Joseph too held fast to this promise when he was faced with the tragic truth that Mary his spouse was found to be with child before their marriage. He trusted God and we are each challenged to do the same.