The Bible turns upside-down the way we think about the God-human relationship. In almost every other religion or philosophy, God or the gods are the powerful forces who have to be supplicated, begged, and prayed to in order for human beings to get what they want. But the Bible presents an entirely different picture. As I have often said, the Bible is not the story of our quest for God; it is the story of God’s quest for us. Both the first reading and the Gospel for this fourth Sunday of Advent make this subversion evident.

Mass Readings

Reading 1 – Isaiah 7:10-14
Psalm – Psalm 24:1-6
Reading 2 – Romans 1:1-7
Gospel – Matthew 1:18-24