Sunday, December 18, 2016

December 18, 2016 - the 4th Sunday in Advent

Readings for today.

Listen to the sermon.

[sing] Silent night, holy night, All is calm, all is bright, ‘round yon virgin mother and child.
Wait a second! ‘Mother and child’?  Where’s Joseph?  Wasn’t he there too?  Today’s gospel is one of the few times we hear about Joseph in the Christmas narrative.  And it’s not a story often told, leaving Joseph as a nearly invisible and silent supporting actor.
Tradition and some artistic license have shaped what we “know” about Joseph.