Above Every Name

"The virgin will conceive and give birth to a Son and they will call Him Immanuel" 
Scripture

Matthew 1:23
Isaiah 7:10-14; Psalm 24:1-3,4-6; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-24

Sermon Week/Year

Fourth Sunday of Advent, A

In today’s Gospel Lesson — Matthew’s account of the birth of Jesus, we read, “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a Son and they will call Him Immanuel, a name which means God-is-with-us” (Mt. 1:23).

The following poem, entitled “Windows of Wonder,” offers us a moving reflection on our Gospel Text. In it, the author imagines the following dialogue with the Lord God:

I was regretting the past,

and fearing the future.

Suddenly my Lord was speaking:

“My name is I AM”

He paused.

I waited.

He continued.

“When you live in the past,

with its mistakes and regrets,

it is hard. I am not there.

My name is not I WAS.

“When you live in the future,

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