After lighting the 4th candle on the Advent wreath, we hear the birth story according to St. Matthew. After laying out his genealogy in the first 17 verses, Matthew tells us a story that might not have happened had it not been for God’s persistence. Faced with an untenable situation, Joseph, a righteous man, almost did something that could have changed the course of God’s story. It takes a nudge from God to reassure Joseph that all will be well in spite of what it looks like.

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