Reading 1, Isaiah 7:10-14
10 God spoke to Ahaz again and said:
11 Ask your God for a sign, either in the depths of Sheol or in the heights above.
13 He then said: Listen now, House of David: are you not satisfied with trying human patience that you should try my God’s patience too?
Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
1 [Psalm Of David] To The Lord belong the earth and all it contains, the world and all who live there;
2 it is he who laid its foundations on the seas, on the flowing waters fixed it firm.
3 Who shall go up to the mountain of God? Who shall take a stand in his holy place?
4 The clean of hands and pure of heart, whose heart is not set on vanities, who does not swear an oath in order to deceive.
6 Such is the people that seeks him, that seeks your presence, God of Jacob.Pause
Gospel, Matthew 1:18-24
19 Her husband Joseph, being an upright man and wanting to spare her disgrace, decided to divorce her informally.
20 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.
21 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.’
22 Now all this took place to fulfil what the Lord had spoken through the prophet:
Reading 2, Romans 1:1-7
1 From Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle,
2 set apart for the service of the gospel that God promised long ago through his prophets in the holy scriptures.
3 This is the gospel concerning his Son who, in terms of human nature
6 You are among these, and by his call you belong to Jesus Christ.